Gt Baddow woman admits to murder of parents

A woman has admitted to murdering her parents four years ago.

Virginia McCullough, 36, killed her father John, aged 70 and mother Lois, aged 71, at their home in Pump Hill, Great Baddow.

After carrying out the murders, which she told police took place at some stage in the summer of 2019, she concealed their bodies within the property and continued to live at the address.

VICTIMS: Lois and John McCullough

To cover her tracks, she told persistent lies about their whereabouts, frequently telling doctors and relatives her parents were unwell, on holiday or away on lengthy trips.

Her actions were uncovered after her parents’ GPs raised concerns over missed appointments in 2023.

An investigation was launched and, on Friday September 15 2023, officers executed a warrant at the Pump Hill address.

In the moments afterwards, McCullough confessed to poisoning her father with prescription medication and stabbing her mother shortly afterwards.

She went on to admit two counts of murder during a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday July 4.

She will be sentenced at the same court on October 10.

Detective Inspector Lydia George, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “At the heart of this investigation are John and Lois – and their whole family.

“Virginia’s actions have had a significant and emotional impact on the family group and our thoughts today are first and foremost with them.””