Unseen footage of murder victim left chopped up in “house of horrors”

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Friends of murder victim Julia Rawson shared never-before-seen footage of her as a tribute to the “very vibrant soul.”They came out after Nathan Maynard-Ellis and David Leesley were found guilty of his brutal murder following a month-long trial at Coventry Crown Court.

Tragic Julia bumped into Maynard-Ellis last May in Dudley’s Bottle and Cork pub.

She went to the 30-year-old’s home and fell victim to his dark and sadistic fantasies, Birmingham Live reports.

The court heard the victim enter an “apartment of horrors,” with swords and spiders mounted on the walls and reptiles kept in tanks.



Friends shared photos of the murder victim

In the apartment, Maynard-Ellis and her boyfriend Leesley, 25, dismembered her body after killing her and threw her on a vacant lot.

Julia’s remains were discovered 47 days later.

A friend said the 42-year-old, who ran a pagan shop in Dudley, “saw the good in everyone.”

Those who knew Julia said she spoke frankly, but with a big heart.

Along with her best friend and former partner Elaine, she ran a stall at Dudley Market selling pagan artifacts before the couple opened their own shop, Phoenix, in the Arcade Fountain.



Julia Rawson, 42, was killed at Maynard-Ellis’ home

“He was a lovable character,” said Norma Dewolf, who first met Julia at Dudley Moot, a monthly hangout for pagans.

“If there was something she didn’t like, she would tell you. Some people try to say it diplomatically, but she just says it.

“She was the kind of person who, if you asked, ‘Does my butt look big in there? she would tell you “yes” if that was the case. ”

Norma added, “She was like, ‘If I want to sell them, I need to know them’ and we laughed a lot.

“My daughter Charlotte had a crippling illness and when she recovered, Julia helped her set up an upstairs bedroom in the store.

“It was his way of being Ju. A lot of people knew her, so she never had any qualms about walking into a pub alone because she knew she would see someone she knew.



Julia Rawson’s 3D imaging of the femur

“She loved life and was friendly with everyone. She would always be the center of attention.

“I think she might be overconfident and that was her downfall. She saw the good in everyone.

Debbie Maskell – Julia’s friend for over 25 years – recalled the moment she learned that her boyfriend was missing.

“I was coming home from work when someone called me to say that a friend of mine was missing. I asked, “What do you mean?” Replied the 43-year-old.

“I immediately had this horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I called Elaine and she told me. I thought Julia had just stayed with a friend and her phone was dead. I continued to feel in my stomach the feeling that something bad had happened.

“She had been missing for two weeks when we were told that two men had been arrested in connection with her disappearance. I think the words used by the officers were “arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murder”.



Her friends described her as “sun”

“My heart was racing, it didn’t feel real to me.

“Elaine asked me if I thought it was Julia and I said yes. We knew the details before they came out, but when they were in black and white it hit me again.

“I tried to hide my feelings from Elaine – Julia was her life. Elaine was more than a friend and they spent every weekend together.

Debbie, a mother of two, can no longer walk past the Bottle and Cork pub.

“Before, I had to pass him every day to go to work and I couldn’t watch him. It made me sick, ”she added.

“All of this made me more suspicious. I think if it could happen to him, it could happen to anyone.

Julia loved nature and even grew her own vegetables on a housing estate, her friends said.

“I had an herb garden at a time and had planted honeysuckle,” Debbie said.



His remains were found 47 days after his death

“Julia came and spotted him and went mad. She told me it would kill everything in there and I thought, well, it’s in there now. But she was right.

“My daughter, Malaika, loves fairies and asked if we could make a fairy garden out of it. Julia’s favorite flower was a daffodil, so we bought a fairy on a swing, which is called “Dinky Daffodil”.

“Life is so weird without her. Most evenings, I saw her walking past my house in the middle of the road, with her headphones and a cigarette in her mouth.

“She put up barriers and she didn’t let many people in, but she was such a good friend and she was so protective. You could feel at the lowest, but five minutes in his company and you felt high like a kite.

Steve Gibbons also met Julia at the Dudley Moot. He had known her for almost 12 years before moving to Bristol.

“If Julia, Elaine and Debbie were away you knew you were going to have a good time. They were like the three naughty schoolchildren at the back of the class, ”he recalls.

“It was impossible to be in a bad mood if Julia, Elaine and Deb showed up. I still remember Julia grabbing my miss and screaming “you smell like coconut” because she worked at Lush.



Julia loved nature, said her friends

“She trusted too much for her own good and I think she was just trusting the wrong person. I saw in the papers that she flirted when she was drunk and never saw her like that. She was still like the sun.

“She always had that big, cheeky smile and it was impossible not to laugh when you were with her.

A friend, who wished to remain anonymous, described Julia as a passionate person.

She said: “She was very sensual and a unique character. I think she had her challenges in life, but she gave it all.

“It’s just terrible to know that she’s not here and that I won’t have any more memories with her.” It’s the end of an era – no more shenanigans.



Julia Rawson (left) with Debbie Maskell and former partner Elaine (right)

Charlotte Almanzi, who now lives in Australia, also paid a heartfelt tribute to Julia.

She wrote: “She was a creative and eccentric artistic woman who put a smile on everyone’s face. Her colorful language matched the color she brought into the world with her art and nature. She was beautifully human.

“Expressive, fun and full of sensations. She charmed those she frequently knew with her playful personality and showed her deepest feelings to those close to her.

“I remember her compassion for wanting to free a wasp that I had trapped in a glass one summer at the pub.

“She wanted the good in the world, not the suffering. I am a practicing Buddhist and her kindness was very evident in her willingness to connect with others.

“A dreamer, always seeking to express himself. She was loud and gentle at the same time.

“A very dynamic soul that everyone loved. She supported me and encouraged me to go back after a long illness. She helped me find the space to help others in my work.



A friend said she was a “unique character”

“She loved life. She leaves a broken heart in every life she has touched.

Nathan Maynard-Ellis and his lover David Leesley face life behind bars for the sickening “horror flats” murder of Julia Rawson.

Julia’s fate was sealed after a chance meeting with Maynard-Ellis in the Bottle and Cork Pub.

She was reported missing on May 14 last year and two weeks later her killers were arrested.

After 47 days of extensive searches, officers discovered Julia’s remains wrapped in black cloth. They had been meticulously grouped together – a skill Maynard-Ellis had learned from the videos that hurt his stomach.

The murder “was the culmination of years of pent-up fantasy and desire” by Maynard-Ellis, a portly, bearded individual obsessed with horror films and serial killers.

He was also found guilty of four charges of rape, attempted rape and death threats. All concern historical incidents, distinct from Julia’s death, which surfaced after her death.

His partner Leesley was convicted of murder.

The evil couple will be sentenced on November 27.

In a nationwide lawsuit Detective Inspector Jim Colclough of the West Midlands Force Homicide Team said: ‘All the murders are tragic, but Julia’s death and the way she was treated afterwards was despicable.

“Many sickening and tragic details of this case emerged during the trial. We gave a detailed account of how we were able to find Julia so her family could bury her and bring Maynard-Ellis and Leesley to justice for the heinous crime they committed. ”

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