Mick Philpott, the 'evil' father who murdered six of his children by setting his own home on fire, whines about being in prison

The convicted murderer blamed his neighbor from when the incident happened in 2012. Philpott is suspected to have set the house on fire to get a bigger council house.


                            Mick Philpott, the 'evil' father who murdered six of his children by setting his own home on fire, whines about being in prison

Mick Philpott, the man who has been described as "evil" by many publications, is now in the news once more because he whined about being in jail for the murder of his six children. The 62-year-old man wrote a letter in prison in which he denied all the responsibility for the devastating house fire that killed his children. In the note that he wrote inside HMP Wakefield, the murderous father said that he "can't believe I'm still here". Philpott also claimed in the letter that he was left devastated by the loss of his six children and said that his "heart and soul have been completely ripped out". He added in the letter: "I'm completely innocent. My babies are my whole world, my life."

The convicted murderer blamed his neighbor, from when the incident happened in 2012, in spite of being convicted of all six counts of manslaughter for setting the family home ablaze just to get a bigger council house. The Daily Star Sunday reported that Philpott also said in the letter that he struggles with mental health problems.

The family home with tributes for the children lining the pavement outside (Source: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The family home with tributes for the children lining the pavement outside (Source: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Philpott has also written in the letter that he wished God would take away his life so that he can be with his children again. He wrote: "God my babies, why not me, they never hurt anybody, they gave so much love, joy, happiness, and laughter." The letter has also revealed that the man - who had 17 children with five women - instructed his attorneys to look into whether an appeal against his life sentence can be made.

He also said that his new lawyers believe that there is forensic evidence that can possibly exonerate him. He wrote: "There was NO flammable liquids or residues on my clothes or trainers and like me they can't understand why they were not used in court, plus other material that backs my case."

Five of his children - 10-year-old Jade, 9-year-old John, 7-year-old Jack, 6-year-old Jesse, and 5-year-old Jayden - all died in the fire that gutted the family home on May 11, 2012, which had been set by Philpott and his wife Mairead in an attempt to get a bigger home. The sixth child, 13-year-old half-brother Duwayne Philpott, died in the hospital two days after the incident.

Horse-drawn hearses travel to St Mary's Church carrying the coffins of the six Philpott children on June 22, 2012, in Derby, England (Source: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Horse-drawn hearses travel to St Mary's Church carrying the coffins of the six Philpott children on June 22, 2012, in Derby, England (Source: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Philpott, Mairead, and their friend Paul Mosley, were all convicted of manslaughter in April 2013. Justice Thirlwall said while sentencing them: "You have each been convicted of six counts of manslaughter. Each count represents the death of a child. They ranged in age from five to 13. All three of you are responsible for the deliberate setting of that fire. All three of you are responsible for those deaths. I have not the slightest doubt that you, Michael Philpott, were the driving force behind this shockingly dangerous enterprise."

36-year-old Mairead and Mosley were both put behind bars for 17 years in the part that they played in the heinous crime. Just like Philpott, Mairead did not admit that she did anything. In a letter that she had sent to a pen pal from jail that was exposed earlier this summer, she wrote: "If I'd not have met him my babies would still be with me and I wouldn't be sat here."