Who is Essex Boys killer Michael Steele and where is he now?

Who is Essex Boys killer Michael Steele and where is he now?


THE Rettendon murders in 1995, which saw three men shot dead, shocked the nation.

Here, we look at Michael Steele, who was one of the men convicted in the case, and where he is now.

He was jailed for the shotgun killings of three men in Rettendon, Essex in December 1995

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He was jailed for the shotgun killings of three men in Rettendon, Essex in December 1995

Who is Michael Steele?

Michael Steele is from Great Bentley, Essex.

He was jailed for the shotgun killings of three drug dealers in Rettendon, Essex in December 1995.

Steele has served much of his prison sentence at Wakefield Prison, West Yorkshire, since receiving a life sentence in 1998.

What happened to the Essex Boys?

Tony Tucker, Pat Tate, and Craig Wolfe were gunned down in a Range Rover on December 6, 1995, on a farm track in Rettendon.

All three men were known drug dealers who were involved with the notorious gang The Essex Boys.

They were found the following morning by a farmer, having suffered multiple shotgun blasts.

The murders gained nationwide exposure, and have since been adapted into books and feature films, such as Essex Boys in 2000 and The Rise of The Footsoldier film series.

A new show which will re-examine the case is to air on Sky Documentaries. The Essex Murders is a three-part series where private investigators will examine evidence and the facts of the killings.

The show will air at 9:25pm on April 15, 2023.

Where is Michael Steele now?

Steele remains in prison following his 1998 conviction for the murder.

He was jailed alongside Jack Whomes, both of whom received life sentences for the killing.

Both men have continuously pleaded their innocence since being convicted of the crime.

It was revealed in March 2022 that Steele had been downgraded from a Category A prisoner, meaning he was no longer thought to be high risk and could be moved to a less strict jail.

Steele has been told that he will receive a parole hearing in May 2023, after over 24 years behind bars.

Whomes was released from prison on parole in 2021 after 22 years inside.

Whomes’ minimum 25-year sentence that he received was reduced by two years in 2018 for exemplary behaviour whilst incarcerated.

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