Counting Dead Women

2019: UK women killed by men or where a man is the principal suspect

2018: 147 UK women killed by men or where a man is the principal suspect

2017: 147 UK women killed by men or where a man is the principal suspect

2016: 125 UK women killed by men or where a man is the principal suspect 

UK women suspected to have been killed by men in 2015

149 UK Women suspected to have been killed by men in 2014

144 UK  Women suspected to have been killed by men in 2013

126 UK Women killed by men in 2012

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On New Year’s Day, 2012, 20-year-old Kirsty Treloar got a text from her boyfriend Myles Williams:

“Okay wer all gud now and my new yrs ressy is that I aint going to hit u again and I won’t hit u 4 this yr next yr the yr after that the next yr after that.”

The next day he broke into her family’s home, stabbed her brother and sister as they tried to help, then he dragged her into the back of his mother’s car and drove her away. She was found dead 2 miles away, dumped behind a wheelie bin. Kirsty had been stabbed 29 times.

Michael Atherton, 42, also sent a text a New Year text.  Shortly before midnight, he sent a text to his partner, Susan McGoldrick, saying he was going out and would spend the night away because he didn’t like her sister Alison Turnbull, 44, with whom she was spending the evening.  But Susan and Alison came home before he had left. Atherton, who held a gun licence despite a history of  arrests for domestic violence dating back 10 years, shot Susan, Alison and Alison’s 24 year old daughter Tanya, before killing himself.

On New Year’s Day,  Aaron Mann, 31 repeatedly hit Claire O’Connor, 38, with a blunt object before smothering her with a pillow.  Her badly beaten body was found wrapped in her son’s sleeping bag and covered in a dirty sheet in the boot of her car on January 2.

On the 2nd January 2012, 48 year-old Stephen Farrow stabbed 77-year-old Betty Yates in the head and neck and beat her with her own walking stick.

On 3rd of January John McGrory used a dog lead to strangle 39-year-old Marie McGrory.  Garry Kane, 41, killed his 87-year-old grandmother Kathleen Milward, though 15 blunt force trauma” injuries on her head and neck.

So, in the first three days of 2012, 8 women in the UK were killed through men’s violence.  Three days, eight dead women: 3 shot, 2 stabbed, 1 strangled, 1 smothered and one beaten to death. Eight women aged between 20 and 87, their killers aged between 19 and 48 were their husbands, partners, boyfriends or ex’s, sister’s partner, aunt’s partner, robber and grandson.

Perhaps because it was the beginning of the year, I just started counting, and once I’d started, I couldn’t stop. Since then, I’ve counted over 366 women killed through suspected male violence.

At first I counted women killed through domestic violence. Then, on March 9th 2012, Ahmad Otak stabbed and killed Samantha Sykes, 18 and Kimberley Frank, 17. Otak wasn’t the boyfriend of either of them, but of Eliza Frank, Kimberley’s sister.  After killing Kimberly and Samantha in front of Eliza, he abducted Eliza and drove to Dover in an attempt to escape to France. The murders of Samantha and Kimberley don’t fit the definition of domestic violence, but they’re absolutely about a man trying to exert power, control and coercion in his relationship. Their deaths made it clear to me that concentrating on what we see as domestic violence isn’t enough. It’s wider than that.  The murders of Kimberley and Samantha  by were no less about male violence against women that they would have been if he had been the boyfriend of one of them.

Then there’s Andrew Flood, a taxi-driver who strangled and robbed Margaret Biddolph, 78 and Annie Leyland, 88. When I learned he’d also robbed a third woman it was clear  to me that there was a pattern to his actions. In fact, last year, five older women, aged between 75 and 88 were killed by much younger men, aged between 15 and 43 as they were robbed or mugged, including Irene Lawless, 68 who was raped, beaten and strangled by 26-year-old Darren Martin.  I don’t think the murders of Margaret, Annie and Irene were any less about misogyny, than those of women killed by someone they were related to.

So my list doesn’t just include women killed though domestic violence, I could women killed through male violence.  I want us to stop seeing the killings of women by men as isolated incidents, to put them together and to see the connections and patterns.

The murders of some women barely cause a ripple, some don’t make it into the national media. If the press take this seriously, there’s more chance of people seeing what is going on, of understanding the implications of male violence and to say ‘no more’.

126 UK Women killed by men in 2012

144 UK  Women suspected to have been killed by men in 2013

149 UK Women suspected to have been killed by men in 2014

UK women suspected to have been killed by men in 2015

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356 thoughts on “Counting Dead Women

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  3. Thank you for caring about the forgotten women. Surely now is the time to campaign for real change in the fight against male violence? The government seem to think that spending a few million on better street lighting is gonna fix the problem. Hah! There needs to be proper scientific and psychological studies done on men who offend against women, the better to understand where all this hatred comes from and to stop it in its tracks. We need to educate young boys about having respect for girls, and educate girls to have more respect for themselves and not allow themselves to be persuaded that they are worthless or 2nd class. And we need to get tough with Facebook etc and stop the torrent of vile online porn that is accessible at the touch of a button. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

  4. Thank you for this outstandingly important work. It is at last beginning to have an impact on the media and the general public.
    Sue Rogers

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  8. Thank you for doing this work, Karen. It’s appalling that you have to do it. It’s appalling that there are so many deaths. It’s appalling that women cannot feel safe in this so-called civilised society. And it’s appalling that our so-called leaders don’t do more.

  9. I came here today after reading about your lists on The Times Online. I clicked on each photo and read the brief information about the 79 women, so far, who lost their lives this year. Keep up the good work in highlighting violence and murder against women; by men who are (most commonly) known to them in some way. Keeping the streets safe is one thing but keeping women safe I their own home, is quite another.

  10. Thank you for this very valuable work. I am deeply concerned that changes to the Gender Recognition Act will muddy the data on femicide. I’m hopeful that your detailed approach will reflect the reality of sex based crimes, even if the law prevents it.

  11. Important work – thank you. Many women haven’t yet understood the depth of hatred men feel towards us, or the extent of it. We tend to believe, as we do in our other relationships, that other people are similar to ourselves, but this is very often wide of the mark. Violent crimes against women perpetrated by men remain mostly invisible, other than within forensic practice, apart from 1 or 2 shocking murders that briefly make the headlines, often perpetrated by opportunistic and perverted strangers. Sexualised violence, whether it’s coercive and emotional manipulation, flashing, outbursts of physical abuse, aggressive and sexualised ‘banter’, ‘rough sex’, or voyeurism are rarely treated as the serious red flags that they are. Many, or most, men view women as an object and not a person, and much work on this needs to be done. In the mean time, women can work to raise our awareness of red flag behaviours, for example ‘he treats me like a princess’, ‘he puts me on a pedestal’, ‘he said he was sorry and he’d never hit me again’, or mistaking controlling behaviour for someone caring about them, the more we might be able to avoid putting ourselves and our children at risk of harm from violent men. We shouldn’t have to do this, but the hard facts are that, for now, we do. When any misogyny is around in a relationship it will always get worse. It’s much better to be alone than with someone who belittles us, insults us, demeans us, assaults us or kills us.

  12. Thank you for doing this work and bringing to light these tragedies.

    With this sheer number, nearly 3 a week, I wondered if the feeling of being commonplace here… here in the UK… not America or somewhere else, here for crying out loud where we think we are so polite, fair and just…

    …anyway I wonderd if this reality could be compounded by naming the areas, towns and cities where these murders have happened. Just to bring home how these victims were just ordinary folk like you and me. Just a thought.

    Kind regards and keep up the good work. I was sent here by the Guardian article. Will post link as separate comment for others to see if not already done.


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