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Guilty of assisting this serial killer ASH two people are convicted
of helping Joanna Dennehy. In the programme tonight: The sweet faced
schoolgirl who became a cold`blooded killer, and the family who still
can't believe what has happened. can't believe what has happened
There was a girl that we like to turned into a monster.
Also, tonight: As the floods continue to rise, how our region is
helping out as more bad weather head this way.
And on Charles Darwin's birthday, the project that aims to re`houses
collections. Good evening. First, tonight, the
mother from Peterborough who became a serial killer, and the two men who
helped her cover her tracks. Tonight, Gary Stretch and Leslie
Layton are behind bars awaiting sentence. Joanna Dennehy has already
admitted killing three men and trying to murder two more. Her own
family have described her as a monster. Stretch and Layton both
claimed they were under her control, but neither took to the stand to
defend themselves. Neil Bradford was in court as they were convicted.
It took the jury of eight women and four men more than 27 hours to reach
their guilty verdicts in the dock. In the dark, both men stared ahead
as the jury delivered those verdicts to the courts. Despite their pleas
to the contrary, both men were found guilty of being converses to Joanna
Dennehy. They were caught on camera covering the tracks of the serial
killer, standing is Gary Stretch. He's seen filling a petrol can use
to burn out the car behind him, which belonged to one of the
victims. Inside is Joanna Dennehy, described as a woman driven by a
thirst for blood. In this picture, she's seen posing with a knife while
on the run. Kevin Lee was her landlord and lover ` he was her
second victim. His family spoke today.
As a family, we feel an immense pressure to fill this void. Life is
now very dull without Kevin around. Joanna Dennehy has taken over our
lives, and has callously created a whole which cannot be filled.
The killing spree began in March last year. She knew all her victims,
stabbing them through the heart The first, a friend ` a polish worker,
Lukasz Slaboszewski, she'd enticed by text. Ten days later ` Kevin Lee.
On the same day, she murdered her house mate John Chapman ` he'd
flirted with her, said Dennehy. Helped by Stretch and Layton, the
bodies were dumped in a ditches around Peterborough. Hand in hand,
Dennehey and Stretch went on the run ` an unholy union, the court was
told. They headed to Hereford, hunted by the police. Dennehy,
buying cigarettes before what she called having her fun. This time,
two random knife attacks With her is Mark Lloyd ` a friend of Gary
Stretch. He was in the car at the time.
She was evil. She knew exactly what she was doing.
Stretch picked the victims, he said. Dennehy then attacked.
Gary gestured out the window and ask, will he do? Dennehy was all
over him ` literally 15 to 20 stab wounds.
Their first victim was Robin Bereza. I'm going hurt you, kill you, she
told him. Then, ten minutes later, John Rogers ` the attack brutal and
frenzied. Moments later, Dennehy and Stretch were arrested.
Apart from what you've just told me, are you on any other medication?
are you on any other medication Stretch's defence ` he feared he'd
be next. Not so, say prosecutors. They were friends. I don't know how
far that friendship was the bond that gave the loyalty to him to
assist her. He must have felt safe in her company. Not only had she
committed three murders, and he had assisted in the disposal of the
bodies, but he had driven her into Norfolk. He drove her to
Herefordshire. He must have felt quite safe.
Gary Stretch told a witness, I'm a professional burglar, not a
murderer. Leslie Leyton was called a petty thief. Two men ` willing
partners, the court was told ` in her ghastly tale of criminality.
her ghastly tale of criminality Stretch and Leighton claimed they
were frightened of Dennehy, and that they feared for their lives.
Instead, they fuelled her need for violence and assisted her in living
out her fantasies. Gary Stretch is seven tall, and was described in
court as Dennehy's nodding dog. A third man has already admitted his
part in the crimes, and will be sentenced at a later date.
Piecing together events and bringing Dennehy, Stretch and Layton to
justice has been a complex operation for the Police, involving a number
of forces. It was led by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and
Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit. The case has preoccupied Detective Chief
Inspector Martin Brunning for almost a year. I spoke to him outside court
a little earlier. Today is about families of those who
were murdered, and the two men in Hereford who survived the attack by
Dennehy. Today is about them, it's not about me or the investigation
team. But I am delighted for them that they can start to move on now,
knowing who is responsible in entirety for the terrible events of
that affected their loved ones. The family have described Joanna as an
evil monster. I'm interested to know how you would describe her?
She is quite clearly a woman capable of the most despicable acts. She has
demonstrated that. She is, in my view, a sadistic serial killer.
Anyone who is prepared to behave in the way that she has, over the
course of 14 days, taking the lives of three men and inflicting
horrendous injuries onto others on an entirely random basis. She is
clearly a significant danger to the public, and on that basis, it's very
difficult to comprehend how anybody could be thinking when they are
committing such atrocious acts. Are you any closer tonight to really
understanding why Dennehy did what she did?
I don't think it's within the scope of anybody's, retention and to
understand what Joanna Dennehy was thinking, or why she did what she
did. We don't have the benefit of her explanation. To put three men to
their deaths in the way that she did, and carry on a seemingly for
fun in trying conservatively to kill two more men, is simply beyond
anybody's, retention. The court heard how she was very
controlling and manipulative. In a way, she's still got some kind of
control, hasn't she? Through her silence, she is failing to explain.
She is very capable of making her own decisions. Why she made those
decisions I don't know. What I do know is that she made them
coherently ` as horrendous as unwarranted as the acts were, she
made those decisions. Maybe in the fullness of time we will get some
explanation. Let's take a look at Dennehy's ten
day killing spree in a little more detail. It began in Peterborough on
the 19th March when she murdered Lukasz Slaboszewski in Dogsthorpe.
Ten days later, she murdered Kevin Lee in the same place. A few hours
after that, she killed again. This time, the victim was John
Chapman.Their bodies were later discovered in ditches in Newborough
and Thorney Dyke. But by then. Dennehy and Stretch were already on
the run across Suffolk and Norfolk ending up at King's Lynn. The next
day, she drove to Hereford where she tried to kill two other men. So,
what turned this sweet faced schoolgirl into a cold blooded
killer? Out Home Affairs correspondent Sally Chidzoy has this
report. Killing men was Joanna Dennehy's
idea of fun. Up close and personal was her style. She plunged this
knife into the hearts of three men. There was a girl that we loved, who
then turned into a monster. I can't describe it any other way. You can't
really give it a word. Sick, I suppose. I could never picture in my
own head that she was capable of doing something so monstrous. I hope
that she never sees daylight again. Ever.
The killer with a psychopathic disorder, and the little girl she
once was, going up in a comfortable home in Hertfordshire.
They worked the people who didn t work. They weren't alcoholics or on
drugs. They were just normal people like you and I `` they wed the
people who didn't work. As a teenager, Joanna turned her back on
her family and moved out. Often homeless, she turned to drugs and
alcohol and was a familiar sight on the streets of Peterborough.
She's lost her soul. I don't think she even knew who she was herself.
She had a history of self harming. She also spent time in prison for
petty crime. In March last year, she petty crime. In March last year she
started her killing spree. It was here that two of Joanna Dennehy's
here that two of Joanna Dennehy s victims met violent deaths. She was
said to have a spell over them. She looted Leuchars slavers at the here
by text, and dumped his body in a wheelie bin. Later, his body was
found slashed in a black sequinned dress. Dennehy lived in this house
were she killed the third victim John Chapman. Least believe he died
because he saw her in the bath. I just think she's a nasty piece of
work. There was no need for it. John was so lovely.
The men's bodies were dumped it in Peterborough. Afterwards, she called
Gary Stretch quoting from the Britney Spears song, oops, I did it
again. Dennehy and stretch went on the run,
driving across Suffolk and Norfolk, ending up on this estate. She wanted
to see an old prison friend. Also in the house, was plumber Sean Keeble.
He was shocked when she described what she had done with one of
victims. She said she had put bleach on him.
Dennehy said that she and stretch were like Bonnie and Clyde. She
wanted the killings to make her famous. She was ecstatic when she
saw a TV report saying she was wanted for murder.
She had removed in your hands, jumping up and down, really happy. I
said to her, don't you feel bad? She said to her, don't you feel bad? She
was laughing and said no. Dennehy and stretch headed for the
Midlands will stop they were captured holding hands at this
service station. On arriving in Hereford, Dennehy 's start to more
men in random attacks. Miraculously, they survived and gave evidence
John Rogers was out walking his dog when Dennehy stabbed him for...
40 times. She said, you're bleeding, I'd better do some more. I was just
waiting for it to stop. When it did finally stop, I just thought well
this is it ` I'm going to die. A short time later, they were
arrested. Her so`called fun was over.
She's the most dangerous woman that I have met in 20 years of policing.
I would love to hear her story at some stage in the future, because
when you look at the extent and destruction she has brought to
people 's lives, she owes somebody an explanation as to why she decided
to do that over that 14 day period. Well, I'm joined now by Dr Samantha
Lundrigan ` Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Anglia Ruskin
University. As we heard there, the police are no closer to
understanding what her motive was. Can you shed any light? I think
there is only one person who really knows what motivated this crime `
and that's Joanna Dennehy herself. I don't think she'll ever tell us,
because that's the ultimate control for her. I think control is at the
heart of her motives. This gave the complete power and dominance over
men that she wanted. She stabbed them in vicious attacks. She also
got a great deal of thrill out of it.
We know that she did have psychiatric problems. Is she evil or
is she'll? She is certainly evil, she's bad and
has very bad things. She is suffering from psychological
disorders `3 personality disorders, all of which fall under the
classification of antagonistic disorders, whether it is a great
deal of hostility involved. It also includes reckless behaviour, not
having care for the consequences of your actions. Don't get me wrong,
she knew exactly what she was doing. She chose to kill again and
again. She was known to the authorities as
a petty offender, wasn't she? What escalates that into a serial killer?
I think the clues, perhaps, the little we know about her background
` she came from a loving, stable home. When she reached adolescence,
she disassociated herself with those family environments. She got
involved in chronic drug and alcohol misuse, and the personality
disorders, together with that alcohol and drug misuse, meant that
it escalated. Her default position, the way she thought, the way she
perceived people around her, was with hostility. It wasn't much of a
stretch from the life characterised by hostility to killing.
How unusual for those actions to be done by a woman? White
extremely rare. About 10% of serial killers are female. That equates,
through our databases, to about two or three I year worldwide. To
display these types of characteristics is rarer still.
Thank you very much. There's comprehensive coverage of
this story online and on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Breakfast Show
tomorrow morning, when Paul Stainton will be asking can Joanna Dennehy
ever be rehabilitated? Other news, now, and there are fears
of further flooding over the next few days as more bad weather hits
the region. High winds and heavy rain mean we could see a repeat of
last Friday. Where roads and properties were flooded. We'll hear
from the Environment Agency in just a moment, but first the efforts of
farmers and firemen from this region who are helping those affected by
flooding along the Thames and in Somerset.
For people in Northampton, the flooding is a painful reminder of
this ` the Easter floods of 199 , this ` the Easter floods of 199 ,
when two people died and 10,000 people had their homes and
businesses ruined. The experience of dealing with Northampton's floods
led to the development of the county's own flood rescue team,
which is now helping Fire Brigade across the south`east. The memories
of the devastating flood is still fresh in the mind of one of the
town's MPs. Can I remind the Prime Minister that
in 1998, Northampton suffered periods floods. Will the Prime
Minister, after this episode has been dealt with, ensure that we
don't build on flood plains so that people shouldn't be inconvenienced
in this way. But it's not just the emergency
services helping out. One Cambridge farmer has set up a Facebook page,
asking for donations. That sort of thing could easily
happen here. We've been let down by the Environment Agency and
government. Apart from Friday's flash floods, this part of the
region has escaped relatively unscathed.
With rivers on flood alert, field saturated and more rain on the way,
both farmers and the emergency services are watching the forecast
closely over the coming days. Well, earlier, I spoke to Norman
Robinson of the Environment Agency who told me we should be on our
guard for the next few days. I think, the worst case for us
between now and Friday, we could see the same rainfall as last Friday
that top we could be back in the same situation, with rivers very
high. The key will be how the water gets from the fields to the rivers,
which could lead to some surface water issues locally. There could be
some flooding. Dangerous driving conditions?
Could be. Last Friday, we saw some is dumb act cars stuck. The general
advice for the end of this week is if you see water, don't drive into
it. Is there anything that the
Environment Agency could be doing to limit the damage?
The key thing is keeping the river is clear. Potentially, trees fall.
We are out on the ground keeping the rivers clean of debris. We are
watching the flood defences to make sure that they are prepared for
Friday. In our control centre, we watch the forecast.
Your advice to people is to keep intact and the watching?
Absolutely. Your forecast will tell you what's coming on Friday. Sign up
with our flood warnings direct, and we will tell you if your property is
under threat. The main thing is being prepared. Have a floods plan `
what would you do if the worst happened? That type of thing is very
important. Thank you. This is something It s an
unenviable task. You wouldn't want to do. To pack up four million
delicate exhibits, ranging in size from a tiny beetle to the skeleton
of a whale in just eight months That's the challenge facing workers
at the Museum of Zoology in Cambridge. It's got to close for
over two years as it undergoes an ?18 million revamp. But more money
still needs to be raised. Louise Hubball reports. Moving can be a
stressful experience at the best of times. Even more so when your cargo
is an extinct river dolphin. There are millions of specimens here from
the great White orc, which died out over 150 years ago, to the Tasmanian
tiger which was with us until 1 36. tiger which was with us until 1936.
Now, all are being packed up as part of the transformation of Cambridge's
Museum of Zoology. It's an absolutely huge challenge.
You could use the words mammoth task. We have four million specimens
in the museum. We have up until September to get them all packed,
and then we have to move them to new stores. It's not something that
museums do everyday ` we don't pack up all our collections, but this new
development means we can have new stores, which means that we can give
guided tours around store rooms, and guided tours around store rooms, and
see many items as they're being conserved and researched. That will
mean access to treasures not normally on display.
Many of them connected to Charles Darwin. Darwin set sail for South
America aboard the Beagle in 18 1. He collected many species, including
these finches, and formed the basis of his ground`breaking theory of
evolution. Now, the museum itself is evolving. This is what it will look
like in 2016. An impressive ?18 million interactive space, telling
the story behind the artefacts. We still need an extra ?3 million to
be able to fully realise our ambitions. This is a grand project,
a very ambitious project, but we have the collections to match our
ambitions. The revamped museum will aim and not
just to be about the past, but form part of a wider campus that will
draw on current research from world experts based here, who, in turn,
will use the collections to try to predict the future of life on Earth.
But in the short`term, even the building contractors are but which
by then latest project ` a museum moving with the times in an
ever`changing world. We've heard about some pretty horrid
weather on it's way, but the strong wind is already taking an effect. A
tree is down on the East Midlands rail line causing delays through
Kettering and there also problems on the line between Ely and Norwich.
Julie Reinger hello. Yet more wet weather this
afternoon. Here it is on the radar. The heaviest rain producing up to
seven millimetres. Accompanied by strong south`westerly winds. These
are the strongest gusts, up until 5pm. Tween 50 and 70 mph. During
tonight, it looks like some further showers coming in behind that main
band of rain. Some could turn wintry, with some sleet and hail
mixed in. Lows of `` we should see the winds easing down. Temperatures
in rural spot could drop down to freezing. In sheltered areas, we
can't rule out some frost. Tomorrow, the system responsible for today's
weather pulls away. This low is set to bring more wet and windy weather
for Friday. Tomorrow, we are in between. It's not looking too bad.
It looks like a scattering of showers again, which could turn
wintry. A lot more dry weather, with spells of sunshine. It will be
blustery, although not as windy as this afternoon. Temperatures at
highs of six degrees. Certainly not feeling the warmest. We finish the
day with a few showers around, but largely fine and dry. The outlook:
Here we go again! Friday will probably be a dry start, but we are
expecting an area of low pressure to push up from the South West,
bringing more rain. Heavy at times, and could produce ten millimetres in
places. The strongest winds will actually follow in behind the main
band of rain, once it has pulled away. We could see some strong to
gale`force southerly winds. Into Saturday, when we will hopefully see
those winds easing down. Some blustery showers which could turn
wintry. Sunday, is looking uncertain. As it stands, a largely
fine and dry day. Much lighter winds. Before I go, these are your
overnight lows. On Thursday night, frost and ice could be a problem.
The jury just didn't buy the defence case for Gary Stretch and Leslie
Layton. They said they were scared and were going along with it because
they were forced. Prosecution said they could have told the police at
any time. This is a case of Harrow converses. It has brought into sharp
focus the spotlight on her. What is your take on Dennehy?
Might take is based on conversations with detectives, and looking at
police tapes. She has no empathy for the victims. She tried to joke with
detectives shortly after the attacks. We know that she's very
bright, and that she psychopathic. We understand that she had many
violent relationships with men and women. We also understand from
psychiatrists that it was very likely that she was a victim at some
point in her life of serious violence or sexual assault. The
secret she will take weather is why she did this.
Thank you. All three face prison sentences. The families of those who
were killed face a different sentence, and the unanswered