Who is Joanna Dennehy? Serial Killer who stabbed three men to death profiled in Channel 5 doc

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Serial Killer Joanna Dennehy is the focus of new Channel 5 documentary Killing for Kicks tonight - but who is she?

Joanna Dennehy: Killing for Kicks airs at 9PM on Channel 5 tonight and asks how a Home Counties schoolgirl grew up to be a serial killer?


Offering up an in depth profile of Joanna Dennehy, the 90 minute special looks at her murderous rampage and features testimonies from those who knew her best, including the father of their two children

Who is Joanna Dennehy?

Joanna Dennehy is currently serving a life sentence for stabbed three men to death in a two-week murder spree, dumping their bodies around Peterborough.

Known as the 'Peterborough ditch murders', Dennehy's victims included her property developoer lover Kevin Lee and her housemates Lukasz Slaboszewski and John Chapman.

But she didn't act alone, recruiting an accomplice, Gary 'Stretch' Richards to help her carry out further murders.

Together, the pair stabbed a further two men but both survived their attack.

In court in November 2013, Dennehy pleaded guilty to all three murders and two further attempted murders.


She was sentenced to a rare whole life order, one of only three women in history to receive such a sentence, meaning she'll die in prison. In the trial, the judge described her a "cruel, calculating, selfish and manipulative serial killer".

For his part in the attempted murders, Gary 'Stretch' Richards was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 19 years.

Escape attempt

While in jail before being sentenced, Joanna Dennehy plotted an escape from jail.

Found by prison staff in her diary, the plot involved cutting off a prison guard's finger and using it to fool the biometric system in the prison.

As a result of the plot, she was placed in solitary confinement for almost two years.

Shockingly, Dennehy attempted to claim compensation claiming that her human rights had been violated.


However the High Court dismissed her case and ruled that the punishment was "necessary and proportionate".

Joanna Dennehy: Killing for Kicks airs at 9PM on Channel 5.

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