Tracey Wigginton

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Tracey Wigginton
Born1965 (1965)
Other namesLesbian Vampire Killer
Criminal statusParoled
Conviction(s)Murder
Criminal chargeMurder
PenaltyLife imprisonment

Tracey Wigginton (born 1965), known as the "Lesbian Vampire Killer", is an Australian murderer who achieved notoriety for killing Edward Baldock in 1989, supposedly to drink his blood. This was described as "one of the most brutal and bizarre crimes Australia has ever seen".[1]

Victim[edit]

Edward Baldock (47) was a council worker, and father of four, walking home after drinking with friends.

Murder[edit]

Wigginton, who allegedly killed and drank the blood of animals, had been planning for some time to escalate to murdering a man so that she could "feed" on him.[2] On the night of the murder, Wigginton (then aged 24), Lisa Ptaschinski (aged 24) and two other women, Kim Jervis (aged 23) and Tracy Waugh (aged 23), drove up to Baldock in their car, and led him to a park on the banks of the Brisbane River. There, Wigginton stabbed him 27 times, nearly severing his head.[3] A few days after the murder, Wigginton told police that she ‘felt nothing’ while stabbing Baldock and that she sat down to smoke a cigarette while she watched him die.[4]

Wigginton was the only one of the four co-accused who pleaded guilty to the charge of murder. Therefore, there was no trial and few details were disclosed to the court as to why this incident occurred by Wigginton; Ptaschinski (her then-girlfriend), Jervis, and Waugh stated that Wigginton had claimed to have vampiric tendencies. They said that the reason for the murder was to enable the drinking of the man's blood.[5]

Verdict[edit]

In 1991 the jury convicted Wigginton of murder and she was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court of Queensland with a minimum of 13 years. Ptaschinski was also convicted of murder, and Jervis of manslaughter. Waugh was cleared.

Aftermath[edit]

In 2006 Wigginton assaulted a fellow inmate and a prison guard.[6]

She (Wiggington) made four unsuccessful parole applications until 2011 when the parole board granted her application.[7]

The case still commands strong media interest and public reaction. In April 2008 it has been reported that Lisa Ptaschinski, one of the other killers, would be released from prison after nearly 22 years. Under the resettlement leave program, Ptaschinski would be given a maximum of 12 hours leave every two months for six months.[8] However, it was later reported that the earlier reports of possible release were false.[9]

Wigginton was released from prison on January 11, 2012 after a successful parole bid.[10] This was Wigginton's second parole application.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Dark Secrets of Queensland's Lesbian Vampire Killer". The Courier Mail. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  2. ^ Brown, Anna-Louise (30 April 2005). "Vampire killer 'felt nothing' during murder". news.com.au. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  3. ^ ""'Lesbian vampire killer' in minimum security prison" - AAP General News".
  4. ^ "The dark secrets of Queensland’s lesbian vampire killer" - Courier Mail
  5. ^ "Heraldsun.com.au - Subscribe to the Herald Sun for exclusive stories". www.heraldsun.com.au.
  6. ^ ""'Vampire killer' Tracey Wigginton loses bid to get out of jail" - Herald Sun".
  7. ^ ""Lesbian Vampire killer Tracey Wigginton wins parole, expected to be free in weeks" - Courier Mail".
  8. ^ ""Brisbane's 'Vampire Killer' to be freed from jail" - Courier Mail".
  9. ^ "Vampire killer release 'not approved'". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 April 2008.
  10. ^ "'Lesbian vampire killer' will get away with lies".

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