Serial killer or spree/mass
Dennehy had a normal upbringing
in St Albans, Hertfordshire, but when she hit her teen years
things changed, she took to drink and drugs, and began
cutting herself. at 15-years-old she took up with
21-year-old John Treanor, she moved out of home and after a
while on the streets the pair moved to Luton, Bedfordshire,
and then after upsetting a drug dealer to Milton Keynes.
Joanna fell pregnant in 1999. She was angry as never wanted
children, she drank heavily, took to cocaine and started
various affairs. John moved to Norfolk with their daughter.
Various reconciliations happened in the next few years, but
each time she reverted to the bottle. After setting up home
in Cambridgeshire in 2005 she fell pregnant again, this time
John has enough of the drinking and violence, and
disappeared with the two children.
Joanna moved to Peterborough and
set up with a fellow drinker known as Gary Stretch, at 7foot
3 inches tall he was a beast of a man, and was besotted with
her. But, she continued paying around with both men and
19th March 2013, Joanna
met Lucasz Slabosvewski, who had recently moved to the UK
from Poland, in Peterborough town centre, they went back to
her place, drank large amounts of vodka, when Joanna asked
to blindfold him he agreed think a sex games was about to
happen, instead, as soon as the blindfold was on she plunged
a knife into his chest , piercing the heart and killing him
She called her friend Gary
Stretch to help with getting rid of the body, he arrived
with Leslie Layton, the two moved the body to a bin behind
the flats. They returned several days later to move the
body, dumping it in a ditch on the outskirts of the city.
28th March 2013, Living
in the same block as Joanna was 56-yeasr-old John Chapman, a
Falklands war veteran, she called into his flat, the two
started on the vodka, but as soon as he passed out she
produced her knife and stabbed him in the chest and neck six
Again a body problem, she called
the helpful duo of Stretch and Layton who moved the body to
a ditch very close to the first body.
That same evening she lured her
landlord and occasional lover Kevin Lee to her flat, when
his back was turned she produced the knife and carried out a
frenzied attack on him.
Stretch and Layton this time
moved the body to a ditch some seven miles away.
30th March 2013, After
Kevin Lee's family reported him missing police started a
search, the body was the discovered in the ditch, Joanna
Dennehy was to become a 'Person if Interest' to the police.
But, when they went to question her she had fled the country
along with Gary Stretch.
2nd April 2013, The pair
tuned up in Hereford attempting to sell stolen goods to an
old friend, Mark Lloyd. He agreed to help and the three set
off in a car, along the way on two occasions Joanna Dennehy
asked to stop the car, each time she got out and stabbed a
passer-by, before getting back in the car and laughing.
Luckily both of these men, although suffering serve stab
wounds, survived the ordeal. Both men, when the case came to
trial were able to identify Dennehy by the distinctive star
tattoo on her face.
3rd April 2013, The two
other bodies were found in ditches in Thorney. The
connection to Dennehy was now obvious.
November 2013, at The old
Bailey Dennehy pleads guilty to murdering three men, and the
attempted murder of two others. Sentencing was deferred to
allow for psychiatric reports.
28th February 2014,
Dennehy was given a life sentence with a recommendation she
serve a whole life tariff, never to
Three murders - life
Two attempted murders - life
Obstructing a coroner /
Intending to prevent a coroner from holding an inquest /
Preventing the Burial of a Body [3 counts] - 14 years
Gary Stretch was sentenced to
life imprisonment for attempted murder, Leslie Layton was
sentenced to14 years for perverting the course of justice.
Mark Lloyd who had been in the car on the attempted murders
was not charged with any offence. Both Stretch and Layton
refused to take part in the trial and gave no evidence.
A third man Robert Moore was
sentenced to 14 years for aiding and abetting after he
offered Dennehy and Stretch shelter while they were on the
26th May 2016, It was
revealed that Dennehy had plotted an escape by using the
fingerprints of a prison guard to bypass prison biometric
Dennehy had been in the high
court for an appeal against the decision to keep her in
Officers discovered details in
her diary in her cell. With the help of two other inmates
she was going to kill a guard and cut off her fingers to
Dennehy was being held at HM
Prison Bronzefield where Rosemary West was also held.
Assessing psychiatrists later
diagnosed Dennehy with psychopathic, anti-social and
emotional instability disorders.