Serial killer Joanna Dennehy has been dubbed Britain’s “most dangerous female prisoner” after she was handed a life sentence for killing three men.
Here we take a look at the crimes committed by Dennehy and where she is now.
Who is Joanna Dennehy?
Joanna Dennehy is from St Albans, Hertfordshire.
She came from a stable, loving home in a rural area where her mother, Kathy, worked as a shop assistant and her father, Kevin, worked in security – but Dennehy left home at the age of 16 and never returned.
In 2013, she was arrested after a 10-day killing spree that left three men dead and two others fighting for their lives.
Psychiatrists later diagnosed her with “psychopathic, antisocial and emotional instability disorders”.
Who were their victims?
Dennehy’s three male victims were found with stab wounds in ditches outside Peterborough.
Her first victim was her roommate and Polish citizen Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31.
The following week, 56-year-old Falkland veteran John Chapman was stabbed to death by Dennehy.
Later that day, she murdered her landlord and lover, Kevin Lee, 48.
She later stabbed two other men chosen at random, leaving them fighting for their lives.
Dennehy, who has been called “purely evil” by criminology experts, said she committed the murders because it was “sleazy and funny.”
She specifically targeted men during her killing spree and said she didn’t want to kill a woman, especially a woman with children.
What did her mother say about her crimes?
In 2017, Joanna Dennehy’s mother opened up about her daughter’s crimes.
In a documentary aired on Crime + Investigation, Kathleen said of Joanna, “The girl that killed those people is not my daughter.” “My daughter is the nice 16-year-old who never came home is.”
Kathleen went on to explain that Joanna, who got good grades in school and loved netball and hockey, was a sensitive and caring kid growing up.
She said: “She was very sensitive.” If she was on a worm or something like that, she would be very upset when it died – she would always take them to bed with her. So she was a loving girl.
“She was polite to everyone. “The teachers always said she was a nice girl.”
Of the chilling moment she learned of her daughter’s crimes, Kathleen said, “When I saw this footage of Jo, it was like she was someone I didn’t know.” laughs, that’s not the kind, loving Jo who was our baby.”
She added, “To me she doesn’t exist anymore.” I don’t want her to ever get out of prison. The world is safer without Joanna.
Where is Joanna Dennehy now?
In 2014, Dennehy was sentenced to life in prison with a recommendation that she never be released.
She is reportedly remaining behind bars at HMP Low Newton, near Durham – a maximum security prison for British murderesses where Rose West was once imprisoned.