Grieveson’s mum: I could never turn against him
SPEAKING in 2011 – 15 years after he was jailed for the three schoolboy murders – Kathy Grieveson wrote of her son and their relationship:
“Steven was a mammy’s boy. Still is. He just got into mischief.
“He was a really loving boy. When they sent him to the children’s home in Carlisle, he was still loving. The care order lasted till he was 18, though he came back at weekends and I’d sometimes go up to see him with social services.
“I felt bad when he was sent away, like I might not have brought him up properly. I wasn’t always there for them, because I used to go to the bingo and that. There’s no point lying because that’s what I did, but I didn’t turn him into a killer.
“I was convinced he was innocent. The first time I was allowed to see him after they charged him, he said, “Mam, I didn’t do it.” At the beginning, I believed him.
“Steven has never admitted to me he killed the three boys, though he has to others. I don’t know if it’s because we’re so close and that makes it harder.
“He did have relationships with girls, but he never enjoyed them. I think he found that very difficult to cope with, especially in a place like Sunderland.
“I know Steven will not come out, certainly not when I’m alive. And I’d be terrified if he did – for what he might do. But I still love him. I could never turn against him.”