A mum has been ordered to pay her daughter's killer £40,000 after she took legal action to try and stop him being released from prison.
Marie McCourt said 64-year-old Ian Simms shouldn't have been considered for parole until he tells her where her daughter Helen's body is.
Judges refused Marie permission to challenge their decision and said she must pay towards his legal costs, leaving her with just days to challenge the ruling.
Marie, 77, said she is lacking the "energy, stamina or funds" to carry on her fight.
She told The Sun: "I don't believe I can take this legal fight much further. It's almost killing me.
"To carry on would just put my family and everyone else through the wringer again."
Labour MP and Shadow Justice Secretary David Lammy has called for the government to step in and said Helen's family shouldn't have to pay Simms anything.
He added: "The government should recognise the exceptionally tragic circumstances here and apply some common sense."
Former pub landlord Simms strangled Helen, 22, as she walked home from work in Billinge, Merseyside, in 1988.
The insurance clerk was abducted and killed by Simms near St Helens.
Her blood and an earring - identical to one belonging to her - were found in the boot of Simms' car and he was subsequently charged with murder.
Last year, ministers agreed to adopt the so-called "Helen's Law", in response to Simms' crimes, meaning killers wouldn't receive parole until they say where their victims' bodies are.
But before the legislation was introduced in March, Simms was let out on licence, much to the despair of Helen's family.
The Parole Board said it was "satisfied that imprisonment is no longer necessary for the protection of the public".
Marie argued Simms, who was convicted of murder on DNA fingerprint evidence in 1989, should have remained in jail.
Branding the decision a "travesty", she told The Mirror: "I'm more determined than ever to take this to the highest court in the land to get justice for families in this situation.
"I have instructed my legal team to prepare for a judicial review and I look forward to challenging this appalling decision."
She took the case to the High Court, but judges ruled the Parole Board had adopted a "balanced approach" to Simms' case.