We need to stop the hierarchy of dead women

2 British women and a third who had lived in London for 20 years went missing abroad within 6 days. All  three were found dead within 6 days.

130 Karen Cleary-BrownThis is Karen Cleary-Brown. She was 44 years old and had lived in Islington, N, London for 20 years. She had been missing in Jamaica since 25 November.  She was found dead on 3rd December.  A man who was working on her property has been charged with her murder.

 

130 barbara FindleyThis is Barbara Findley. She was 58 and from Kennington, S. London but had lived in Jamaica for the last 5 years. She was reported missing on 29 November. She was found dead on 5 December.

 

 

130 Grace Millane

This is Grace Millane. She was 22 and from Essex.  She went missing on 1st December whilst travelling in New Zealand. She was found dead on 9 December.  A 26-year-old male, who has been granted name suppression whilst awaiting trial, has appeared in court  in relation to her death.

 

 

How many of those names did you know? How many of their photos had you seen?

The killing of Grace Millane is an atrocity, but no more so than the killings of Karen Clearly-Brown and Barbara Findley, no more so than the (at least) 127 other UK women suspected to have been killed by men (or where a man or men are the principal suspects) so far this year.

Karen Cleary-Brown, Barbara Findley and Grace Millane – 3 missing women, 3 women found dead.

The killings of women who are not young, not white, not killed on holiday, not killed by a stranger should  be no less shocking or upsetting. They are not less worthy of media or public attention or mourning. We need to stop the hierarchy of dead women.

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2018

127 women

2018

145 women killed by men (or where a man is the principal suspect) in 360 days. One woman dead every 2.5 days.

  1. 3 January 2018: Elizabeta Lacatusu, 44, was killed by 19 knife injuries to her chest and neck inflicted by her former partner, Genu Armeanu, 45, whom she had left the previous month.
  2. 5 January 2018: Terrie-Anne Jones, 33, was stabbed 26 times by her partner John Lewis, 56. Her injuries included an 8cm deep stab wound to her heart, 13 to her neck, three to her collarbone, and two to her chest, with defence wounds to both hands.
  3. 8 January 2018: Claire Tavener, 27, was stabbed 10 times with a lock-knife – including two to the neck and two to the chest by her husband Andrew Tavener, 45, who had been violent and abusive to her during their relationship.
  4. 9 January 2018: Julie Clark, 59, was found dead at home, she had died of stab wounds. Jason Nellist, 40, has been charged with her murder.
  5. 10 Jan 2018: Geraldine Mellor, 32, was strangled to death by her boyfriend of 6 months,  Darrell Rose, 36.
  6. 12 January 2018: Amelia Blake, 22, was killed whist travelling in Australia by her boyfriend Brazil Gurung, 33, who also killed himself.
  7. 13 January 2018: Cassie Hayes, 28, was killed by Andrew Burke, 30, the ex-partner of her girlfriend. He slit her throat.
  8. 24 January 2017: Claire Harris, 44, was killed by her ex- partner Ricardo Wilson, 50, whom she had allowed to stay in the flat she rented whilst he looked for a new home. She had suffered 86 injuries – half of them to her head and face.
  9. 26 January 2018: Cheryl Gabriel-Hooper, 51, was shot dead. A 45-year-old man was also injured was arrested on suspicion of murder. Cheryl had recently separated from her 45-year-old husband John Hooper.
  10. 29 January 2018: Janet Scott was stabbed by her ex-boyfriend Simon Mellors, she survived the attack but he ran her over and killed her as she tried to flee. Mellors had killed a former partner, Pearl Black in 1999 and killed Janet whist on licence.
  11. 29 January 2018: Paula Harris, 44, was strangled to death by her partner Michael Foster, 39.
  12. 6 February 2017: Ruksana Begum, 47, was stabbed by Mohammed Tafham, 30, the former boyfriend of her daughter. Tafham attempted to make it look like she had killed herself by placing the knife in her hand. She had suffered three major stab wounds to the front of her body and one of them passed right through her heart. A pathologist told the jury it would have been ‘very difficult’ for Mrs Begum to have done that herself.
  13. 13 February 2018: Saeeda Hussain, 54, suffered serious head injuries and was found dead at home. Muhammed Javed, 58, has been charged with murder.
  14. 13 February 2108: Danielle Richardson, 24, was stabbed 15 times in her face, neck and back by her boyfriend Michael Marler, 37.
  15. 16 Feb 2018: Sarbjit Kaur, 38, was found dead at home after what was set up to look like a botched robbery. She had been asphyxiated. Three months later, her husband Gurpreet Singh, 42, was been charged with her murder
  16. 17 February 2018: Jill Sadler, 58, was found strangled by her husband David Sadler, 61.
  17. 18 February 2018: Heather Jordan, 34, was strangled by Martin Corns, 52. Corns was a workmate who had been harassing and stalking Heather for some time. She had told him that she did not want a relationship with him.
  18. 21 February 2018: Lynn McNally, 46, died of multiple stab wounds inflicted by her partner Paul Beddoes, 44.
  19. 22 February 2018: Charlotte Teeling, 33, was last seen alive and was reported missing 4 days later. She was found dead on 2 March. She had been killed by Richard Bailey, 40, who had a string of violent offences against women.
  20. 25 February 2018: Mary Ragoobeer, 46, her 2 sons and 2 other women were killed in an explosion in a shop below the Ragoobeer’s’ flat. Arkan Ali, 37, Hawkar Hassan, 32, and Aram Kurd, 33, have been found guilty of murdering 5 people.
  21. 25 February 2018: Leah Reek, 18, and 4 others were killed in an explosion which destroyed a shop and the flat above it. Arkan Ali, 37, Hawkar Hassan, 32, and Aram Kurd, 33, have been found guilty of murdering 5 people.
  22. 25 February 2018: Viktoria Ijevleva, 22, and 4 others were killed in an explosion which destroyed a shop and the flat above it. Arkan Ali, 37, Hawkar Hassan, 32, and Aram Kurd, 33, have been found guilty of murdering 5 people.
  23. 27 February 2018: Denise also know as Crystal Gossett, who has in her 40s and her daughter Diane, 19, (below) son Edward, 16 and Diane’s young daughter, were killed in house fire. Daniel Allen, 27, has been charged with four counts of murder and one count of arson with intent to cause danger to life.
  24. 27 February 2018: Sabrina also known as Elektra Gossett, 19, her daughter, mother (above) and brother, were killed in a house fire. Daniel Allen, 27, has been charged with four counts of murder and one count of arson with intent to cause danger to life.
  25. 27 February 2018: Laura Huteson, 21, was stabbed in the throat by Jason Gaskell, 23. Previous partners of Gaskell said that he had a history of violent sadomasochist sex.
  26. 28 February 2018: Anne James, 74, was stabbed more than 40 times in her head and back by Her grandson, Jason Gaskell, 23.
  27. Julie Reilly was sat seen alive on 6thFebruary 2018. Her disappearance became a murder investigation as parts of her body were found in April. Andrew Wallace, 41, has been charged with her murder.
  28. 5 March 2018: Laura Figueira de Farida, 47, was found stabbed to death at home shortly after the bodies of her husband Adelino Figueira de Farida, 57, and two sons aged 7 and 10, were found at the bottom of cliffs. Police say they believe she was and the children were murdered and are not looking for anyone else.
  29. 5 March 2018: Angela Rider, 51, was killed by Adrian Rodi, 51. It is not clear whether they had any connection.
  30. 6 March 2018: Fiona Scourfield, 54, was killed by her 16-year-old stepson Reuben Braithwaite who battered her head with an axe before slitting her throat with a Samuri sword.
  31. 17 March 2018: Jennifer Rogers, 56, was stabbed to death by her husband Peter Rogers, 61.
  32. 16 March 2018: Michelle Savage, 32, and her mum Heather Whitbread, 53, were shot dead by Michelle’s ex-husband Paul Savage.
  33. 16 March 2018: Heather Whitbread, 53, and her daughter Michelle Savage, 32, were shot dead by Michelle’s ex-husband Paul Savage.
  34. 21 March 2018: Diane Jones, 62, was stuck with a claw hammer wielded by her son Wayne Beer, 42. Her skull was fractured in several places.
  35. 30 March 2018: Jenny Cronin, 72, was doused in fuel and set alight by her ex-son-in-law Kieran Lynch, who also killed himself in the attack.
  36. 30 March 2018: Leyla Mtumwa, 36, was strangled then stabbed at least 49 times in her  head, neck, body and arms by her husband Kema Salum, 38. Salum had been extremely violent to a previous partner.
  37. 31 March 2018: Ourania Lambrou, 80, died after being pushed to the ground by Harry Goodwin-Sim, 29. She hit her head and died of a brain haemorrhage, which was caused by the assault.
  38. 2 April 2018: Tanesha Melbourne, 17, died in her mother’s arms after having been shot in a drive-by shooting.
  39. 6 April 2018: Tracy Stonehouse, 51, was battered repeatedly around the head, strangled her and then stabbed her six times by her husband Arthur Stonehouse, 73.
  40. 7 April 2018: Lesley Potter, 66, was strangled by her husband Derek Potter, 63. He attempted to make her death look like suicide but confessed to killing her to a colleague.
  41. 10 April 2018: Alexis Flynn, 42, died after having been stabbed to death, allegedly by her ex-partner, David Payne, 51. He was also charged with punching her on the face and body, putting his hands round her neck and compressing in February this year.
  42. 12 April 2018: Viktorija Sokolova, 14, was raped and killed through blunt force trauma to her head. She was found dead a day after being reported missing. A 16-year-old male has been charged with rape and murder.
  43. 12 April 2018: Margaret Howlett, 63, was stabbed to death by her husband of less approximately 1 year, David Pawluk, 59.
  44. 13 April 2018: Maryna Kavaliauskas, 35, was strangled to death with a ligature.
  45. 14 April 2018: Angela Craddock, 40, was beaten to death and died of blunt force trauma inflicted by her partner William Smart,54, who had just been released from prison for a previous assault on her. She had over 100 injuries and was so badly injured she had to be identified by her fingerprints
  46. 15 April 2018: Samantha Clarke, 38, was stabbed to death. Jordan Clarke, 21, believed to be her nephew, has been charged with her murder.
  47. 18 April 2018: Jennifer Morgan, 33, was stabbed to death. Her partner, Hugh Baird, 39, was charged with her murder.
  48. 20 April 2018: Julie Hunt, 47, was found seriously hurt after being attacked and died of her injuries. Florin Ion, 31, has been charged with her murder.
  49. 22 April 2018: Hollie Kerrell, 28, was reported missing and later found dead, buried in a shallow grave. Her husband of 5 years from who she had recently separated, Christopher Kerrell, 35, used a hammer to batter the right side of her head before strangling her.
  50. 26 April 2018: Elizabeth Lacey, 63, was stabbed to death.  Her son, Christopher Lacey, 21, has been detained under the Mental Health Act in relation to her death.
  51. 27 April 2018: Fiona Fisher, 51, was stabbed by her son Thomas Fisher,
  52. 28 April 2018: Faye Caliman, 30 was stabbed 12 times by her husband Marian Caliman in her face, neck, stomach, heart and back, where part of the blade snapped off. He who filmed himself slapping and shouting abuse at her before he killed her.
  53. 30 April 2018: Nicola Roberts, 44, was bludgeoned unconscious by her ex-husband Neil Barass, 45, before he stabbed her to death and then killed himself.
  54. Mihrican Mustafa, 38, was found dead in East London on 26 April 2019, she had been reported missing by her family in May 2018.
  55. 13 May 2018: Onees Khatoon, 71, was strangled by her son, Majid Butt, 51.
  56. 14 May 2018: Jessica Patel, 34, was found dead after suffering serious injuries. Her husband Mitesh Patel, 36, has been charged with her murder.
  57. 15 May 2018: Rosina Coleman, 85, was killed through blunt force trauma to her head and neck inflicted with a hammer. 65-year-old ‘handyman’ Paul Prause has been charged with her murder.
  58. 18 May 2018: Bernadette Green, 88, was found dead. Her death was not initially thought to be suspicious, but after post mortem tests, her son John Green, 65, was charged with her murder.
  59. 20 May 2018: Sophie Cavanagh, 31, was found dead. An autopsy found that she had died of compression to the neck. Her estranged husband, Martin Cavanagh, 35, has been charged with her murder.
  60. 20 May 2018: Angela Conoby, 54, stabbed to death by her partner of more than 30 years, Peter Stagis, 60.
  61. 25 May 2018: Christina Abbotts, 29, was found bludgeoned to death in her bed after failing to turn up at celebrations planned for her birthday. Zahid Naseem, 47, has been found guilty of her murder.
  62. 28 May 2018: Laura Mortimer, 31, and her 11-year-old daughter Ella Dalby, were stabbed to death by Christopher Boon, an ex-partner of Laura.. Police said Boon had a history of violence and in 2010 he was handed a suspended sentence for attacking a former partner and her mother.
  63. 29 May 2018: Denise Rosser, 38, was found dead at home where she had been beaten to death. She had recently told friends that she was frightened to go home. Simon Winston, 49, has been charged with her murder.
  64. 29 May 2018: Joanne Bishop, 39, died in hospital 4 days after her partner Shane Clarke, 52, stabbed her 29 times with a screwdriver.
  65. 31 May 2018: Jill Hibberd, 71, was stabbed to death. Lee Fueleop, 40, has been charged with murder, theft and burglary.
  66. 1 June 2018: Andra Hilitanu, 28, suffered multiple injuries including a fatal neck wound. Her unborn child also died in the attack. Her boyfriend,  Ioan Campeanu, 43, has been charged with her murder.
  67. 6 June 2018: Sofija Kaczan, 100, died in hospital after having her neck and cheek broken in a robbery. Arthur Waszkiewicz, 39, has been charged with robbery and manslaughter.
  68. 8 June 2018: Tina Cantello, 49, was reported missing after she failed to turn up for work. She was found dead the next day with multiple stab wounds. Geoffrey Hutton, 38, has been charged with her murder.
  69. 9 June 2018: Marie Gibson, 35, was found dead at home.  The cause of her death was described as “blunt force head, oblique facial injuries”  Her partner Shane Murphy, 27, has been charged with her murder.
  70. 12 June 2018: Tracy Patsalides , 40, was found dead with head and neck injuries in a seafront shelter in Eastbourne. Wayne Marshall, 38, has been charged with her murder.
  71. 23 June 2018: Gita Suri, 56, was stabbed to death. Her partner Gary Davis, 50 has been charged with her murder.
  72. 30 June 2018: Klarissa-Charlene Faith, 26, was found dead by police who had been called to her home. Her partner, Stuart Hall, 47, has been charged with her murder.
  73. 1 July 2018: Shuren Ma, 72, was found with a critical head injury and died at the scene by police who had been called to a disturbance. A man in his 70s was found with stab wounds. The police are not looking for anyone else.
  74. 6 July 2018: Samantha Toms, 47, was found dead at home. Her partner Ralph Fairman, 50, has been charged with her murder.
  75. 7 July 2018: Lorna Myers, 54, was stabbed to death and her 14-year-old son was also badly injured. Malo Myers, 32, has been charged with her murder.
  76. 8 July 2018: Stela Marisabel Domador-Kuzma, 34, was stabbed to death by Ryan Thornton. Thornton has also admitted to charges of possessing indecent images of children.
  77. 8 July 2018: Patricia Franks, 86, was killed by her husband Lawrence Franks, 84.
  78. 8 July 2018: Dawn Sturgess, 44, was killed after applying the nerve agent novichok which had been discarded in a counterfeit perfume bottle. The UK government believe it was the same military-grade substance used in an attack on a former Russian spy and are said the hold the Russian state responsible.
  79. 10 July 2018: Gina Ingles, 34, and her 4 year old son, Milo, 4, died of smoke inhalation after a fire in their home. Her partner, 26, remains in hospital. A 23-year-old has been released under investigation pending further enquires.
  80. 12 July 2018: Riasat Bi, 86, died of multiple stab wounds. Madni Ahmed, 20, has been charged with her murder.
  81. 12 July 2018: Katerina Makunova, 17, was stabbed to death. Oluwaseyi Dada, 21, has been charged with her murder.
  82. 19 July 2018: Lesley Davies, 81, died in hospital after being attacked in the street. A 69-year-old man has been detained under the mental Health Act and her death is being treated as murder.
  83. 24 July 2018: Sheila Thomas, 69, was found dead with stab wounds at her home in South London. David Thomas, 73, has been charged with her murder.
  84. 26 July 2018: Lucy McHugh, 13, was found stabbed to death. Stephen-Alan Nicholson, 24, e was bailed and later remanded in custody charged with withholding information.
  85. 27 July 2018: Sam Eastwood, 28, was found dead in a shallow grave 8 days after being strangled by Michael Stirling, 32.
  86. 2 August 2018: Karen Peter, who was in her 50s, was found dead after a house fire in Dagenham, E. London. Thomas Peter, 50, has been charged with murder and arson with intent to endanger life.
  87. 3 August 2018: Kelly Franklin, 29, was stabbed to death in the street in what police have described as a ‘targeted attack’. Torbjorn (Ian) Kettlewell, 30, has been charged with her murder and possession of a bladed article.
  88. 6 August 2018: Katherine Kemp, 31, was found stabbed to death after her husband Thomas Kemp jumped out of a window.. Her death is being treated as murder, his as suicide.
  89. 6 August 2018: Tracey Evans, 52, was found dead in a flat in Leicestershire. Jeremy Clarke, 54, has been charged with her murder.
  90. 7 August 2018: Marie Walker, 61, was found dead by the police in Edinburgh after neighbours raised concerns. Robert Douglas, 62, has been charged with her murder.
  91. 15 August 2018: Simonne Kerr, 31, died after being stabbed in her home in South London. Her partner, Desmond Sylva, 40, has been charged with her murder.
  92. 15 August 2018: Barbara Davison, 66, was found dead in Redcar. Paul Plunkett, 61, has been charged with her murder.
  93. 22 August 2018: Carole Harrison, 73, was found dead after a fire at her house in South West London. Police say she had been attacked before the fire. William Kydd, 54, has been charged with her murder.
  94. 26 August 2018: Sharon Perett, 37, was found dead due to blunt force trauma trauma. Her partner Daniel O’Malley-Keyes, 30, has been charged with murder, it is alleged that Sharon was “beaten to death over the course of a weekend”.
  95. 26/27 August 2018: Raneem Oudeh, 22, was stabbed to death with her mother, Khaola Saleem, 49. Her former partner, Janbaz Tarin, 21, has been charged with their murders.
  96. 26/27 August 2018: Khaola Saleem, 49, was stabbed to death with her daughter, Raneem Oudeh, 22. Raneem’s former partner Janbaz Tarin, 21, has been charged with their murders.
  97. August 2018: Eileen Baxter, 75, died of multiple organ failure following the puncture of her bowl caused by a vaginal mesh implant. The insufficiently tested and poorly regulated plastic mesh devices have been called the greatest health scandal since Thalidomide.
  98. 1 September 2018: Celia Levitt, 68, was strangled. Her son, Barry Levitt, 36, has been charged with her murder.
  99. 2 September 2018: Julie Owens, 52, died in hospital 11 days after being seriously assaulted, allegedly by her 30-year-old son John Owens.
  100. 5 September 2018: Joan Hoggett, 62, was stabbed multiple times whilst at work in a local shop. Ethan Mountain, 29, has been charged with her murder.
  101. 6 September 2018: Memunatu Warne, 43, died of smoke inhalation after a masked man riding a moped threw a petrol bomb through a window of the home of a relative she was visiting. 3 men, Kurtis Freeman, 21, Matthew John, 19, and Martin McArdle, 28, have been charged in relation to her death.
  102. 6 September 2018: Kylie Dembrey, 28, died following an attack at her home in which she was stabbed and strangled. Her partner Mark Sinclair, 30, has been charged with her murder.
  103. 9 September 2018: Susan Gyde, 52, was found by polict when they were called to attend to a serious assault. She was pronounced dead later in hospital. Her husband Philip Gyde, has been charged with murder.
  104. 20 September 2018: Kay Martin, 49, was killed at her home in Sunderland by her husband Alan Martin, 53, who then killed himself.
  105. 21 September 2018: Cristina Magda-Calancea, 26, was stabbed to death in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, on 21 September. Gediminas Jasinska, 29, has been charged with her murder.
  106. 21 September 2018: Frances Hubbard, 81, died of multiple stab wounds. Her husband Michael Hubbard, 81has been detained under the Mental Health Act after being questioned by police in relation to her death.
  107. 23 September 2018: Sandra Zmijan, 32, was found bludgeoned to death with head injuries caused by a blunt object. Wojciech Tadewicz, 26, has been charged with her murder.
  108. 25 September 2018: Margaret Harris, 78, and her daughter Sharon Harris, 55, were stabbed to death. Witnesses said they tried to intervene in an argument between a man and a woman. Jack Ralph, 28, has been charged with their murders.
  109. 25 September 2018: Sharon Harris, 55, and her mother Margaret Harris, 78, were stabbed to death. Witnesses said they tried to intervene in an argument between a man and a woman. Jack Ralph, 28, has been charged with their murders.
  110. 26 September 2018: Jeanna Maher, 51, was bound with a ligature at her wrists and ankles and repeatedly hit on the head and a body with an unknown implement. Her husband Peter Maher, 578, has been charged with her murder.
  111. 30 September 2018: Glenda Jackson, 44, was stabbed to death. Two brothers, Nicholas Curtis, 32, and Stuart Curtis, 31, have been charged with her murder.
  112. 1 October 2018: Avan Najmadeen, 32, was found stabbed to death in her home. Dana Abdullah, 35, has been charged with her murder.
  113. 8 October 2018: Natalie Saunders, 33, was found dead. There were 85 separate sites of injury on her  body – with a minimum of three blows found to her face, 13 to her head and neck, 23 to her torso, and 25 to her lower limbs.  Her boyfriend Stephen Charlton, 24, was found guilty of her murder.
  114. 9 October 2018: Sarah Wellgreen, 47, was last seen alive. Her former partner, Ben Lacomba, 38, was arrested on October 16 in connection with the investigation but later released. Before being rearrested and charged on 20th Sarah’s body has not yet been found.
  115. 22 October 2018: Nazia Ali, 25, was found dead. Mohammed Anhar, 32, has been charged with her murder.
  116. 24 October 2018: Teresa Garner, 46, died of significant head injuries from severe blunt force trauma with a hammer. Her husband John Garner, 51, has been charged with her murder.
  117. 28 October 2018: Lynn Forde, 35, was found dead after her partner Phil Osborne, 36, called the police and told them that her had killed her.
  118. 29 October 2018: Mavis Bran, 69, died in hospital after suffering severe burns in the chip shop she owned. Her husband Geoff Bran, 70, has been charged with murder.
  119. 30 October 2018: Sheena Jackson, 58 was found dead with Alexander Jackson, 65. Police have confirmed that they believe her death was murder but that of her husband was not suspicious and they are not looking for anyone else.
  120. 2 November 2018: Ann Marie Pomfret, 49, was found dead having suffered serious head injuries. Her husband David Pomfret, 50, was charged with her murder in April 2019.
  121. 6 November 2018: Fiona McDonald, 44, was found dead by police who had been called to attend to ‘a disturbance’. William Finlay, 56, has been charged in relation to her death.
  122. 8 Nov 2018: Natalie Smith, 34, was found with life threatening injuries and died in hospital. She had been stabbed. Her partner Craig Stewart, 36, was also dead. The police said Natalie was assaulted and they are not looking for anyone else in connection to the incident.
  123. 12 November 2018: Tanseen Sheikh, was found dead with multiple injuries at her home. Her husband, Naseer Khan, 66, has been charged with her murder and has been accused of bludgeoning her to death with a vase.
  124. 12 November 2018: Sana Muhammad, 35, was shot in the stomach with a crossbow. She was pronounced dead by doctors who were able to deliver the baby she was carrying. Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50, has been charged with her murder.
  125. 13 November 2018: Pauline Kilkenny, 59, was found dead at her home after concerns were raised when she didn’t turn up at work. A 28-year-old male has been charged in relation to her death.
  126. 16 November 2018: Maureen Watkins, 75, died from multiple stab wounds. Her son Edward Watkins, has been charged in relation to her death.
  127. 17 November 2018: Jacqueline Allen, 65, died in a house fire, allegedly shortly after warning the police that her daughter’s ex-partner was dangerous. Simon Childs, 51, is charged with her murder and the attempted murder of her 12-year-old granddaughter.
  128. 24 November 2018: Samantha Gosney, 29, was stabbed to death in her home.  Adam Brettle, 23, has been charged in relation to her murder.
  129. 25 November 2018: Karen Cleary-Brown,  44 , went missing in Jamaica. She was found dead on 3rd December.  Shelden Hewitt,  32, who was working on her property has been charged with her murder.
  130. 28 November 2018: Kelly Worgan, 33, was strangled to death by her husband George Worgan, 35.
  131. 29 November 2018: Barbara Findlay, 58 was from Kennington, S. London but had lived in Jamaica for the last 5 years. She was reported missing on 29 November. She was found dead on 5 December.
  132. 1 December 2018: Grace Millane, 22, was from Essex. She went missing on 1st December whilst travelling in New Zealand. She was found dead on 9 December.  A  26 year old male, who has been granted name suppression whilst awaiting trial, has appeared in court  in relation to her death.
  133. 4 December2018: Maureen Whale, 77, collapsed on the phone when calling the police while her house was being burgled by two males. Post-mortem tests found she died from coronary heart disease brought on by the stress of the incident.
  134. 5 December 2018: Sally Cavender, 55, was taken to hospital critically injured but died shortly after. Robert Simpson-Scott, 43. Has been charged with her murder.
  135. 10 December 2018: June Knight, 79, died after falling from a balcony. Robert Knight, 52, has been charged in relation to her death. It was reported that a court heard “A devoted son killed his mother by lifting her over a balcony at a care home.”
  136. 13 December 2018: Keely McGrath, 30, was found dead with multiple injuries. Anthony Davis, 39, has been charged with her murder.
  137. 14 December 2018: Poppy Devey-Waterhouse, was declared dead by police and paramedics called to attend. Joe Atkinson, 25, has been charged with her murder. The preliminary cause of her death has been recorded as head and neck trauma.
  138. 17 December 2018: Sheila Small, 73, was beaten to death with a rolling pin and walking stick by her husband Edward Small, 76. Prosecutor David Brooke QC said she had wounds to the top of her head that had split the skin to the skull. She had up to 26 separate injuries to her face, extensive bruising to her body and all four limbs, a shattered shoulder blade, a broken collar bone and fractured ribs. Her right arm was “absolutely covered in bruises” and the index finger was broken.
  139. 19 December 2018: Lana Owen, 46, was found dead. Philip Andrews, 51, has been charged with her murder.
  140. 22 December 2018: Marissa Aldrich, 29, was found dead. Robert McWhir, 25, has been charged with her murder. A post mortem recorded that she had drowned.
  141. 22 December 2018: Joanne Gallagher, 33 was murdered by her ex-partner James Kennedy, 31, who stabbed her 57 times.
  142. 25 December 2018: Parwin Qureshi, 19, was found with serious injuries caused by multiple stab wounds. She was declared dead at the scene. Her husband Mohammad Qureshi, 27, has been charged with her murder.
  143. 26 December 2018: Angela Mittal, 47, was stabbed to death in Shinfield, Berkshire. Her partner Laurens Brand, 47, has been charged with her murder.
  144. 26 December 2018: Joy Morgan, 21 was last seen alive at a church celebration in London. Ajibola Shogbamimu, 40, has been charged with her murder. Joy’s body has not been found.
  145. 30 December 2018: June Jones, 33, was found dead after being reported missing on 26 December, Police have said they believe she had been dead for some time. Her ex-boyfriend, Michael Foran, 32.

Please let me know if you have any information about the deaths of and charging in relation to  Agnieszka Swierczynska-Jaros, Cecilia Seddon, Bethany Marie Beales,  Barbie Pigg,  Unmar Sanam,  Alena Grlatkova Linda Jane McArity.

Last updated 15 May 2019.

5 UK women killed with their daughters so far this year – I am sick of hearing about isolated incidents

The bodies of Lisa Anthony, 47 and her daughter Ava Anthony, 14 were found in their home in Surrey home, the day after a man believed to be the girl’s father was found dead in France. It is thought he died after them, the police have said that they are not looking for anyone else.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston has said:

 “We are in the very early stages of the investigation but we do not believe there to be any threat to the wider community. This is thought to be an isolated incident. We are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.”

Not only is Lisa Anthony likely to be at least the 60th UK woman killed by a man or men this year, she the fifth to be killed along with her daughter:

  1. Bernadette Fox, 57, was asphyxiated and her daughter Sarah Fox, 27, was stabbed on 16 April. Bernadette’s son, Sarah’s brother, Peter Fox, has been detained under the Mental Health Act in relation to their deaths.
  2. Shighi Kotuvala/Rethishkumar, 35, was found strangled with her twin daughters Niya and Naya.  Her husband, their father, Pullarkattil Rethishkumar, 44, is believed to have killed them before killing himself.
  3. Jan Jordon, 48, her partner and her six-year-old daughter Derin, were found stabbed to death on 23 May. Jan’s son Jed Allen is thought to have killed them all before killing himself.
  4. Amy Smith, 17, her baby daughter Ruby-Grace and friend Edward Greeen, 17, died in a fire. Peter Eyre, 44 and his sons Anthony, 21 and Simon, 24 have been charged with murder.

I am sick of hearing that there is no threat to the wider community.  At least 60 UK women have been killed by men this year. I am sick of hearing about isolated incidents. 60 women dead at the hands of men in 6 months is a pattern, not an isolated incident and women are my community, don’t tell me that we are not at risk.

Femicide – Men’s Fatal Violence Against Women Goes Beyond Domestic Violence

I wrote this piece for Women’s Aid’s magazine Safe:

The Office for National Statistics released findings from the 2013/14 Crime Survey for England and Wales on 12 February. Men continue to be more likely to be killed than women, there were 343 male victims compared to 183 female victims (of all ages including children and babies). Court proceedings had concluded for 355 (55%) of 649 suspects relating to 536 homicides.  For those suspects where proceedings had concluded, 90% (338 suspects) were male and 10% were female (38 suspects). Men are more likely to be killed, but their killers are overwhelmingly men. Women are less likely to be killed, when they are, they are overwhelmingly killed by a man.  When we’re talking about fatal violence, we are almost always talking about men’s violence.

The words homicide, from homo “man” and cidium “act of killing”, and manslaughter “ma” and “slæht or slieht” “the act of killing”  are identical etymologically but have developed different legal meanings.  Like the word “murder” both could be described as being ‘gender neutral’, but they are not, both render the killing of women invisible.  The word femicide seeks to address this.  The first modern and feminist definition of ‘Femicide’ is attributed to Jill Radford and Diana Russell (1991). They used it in the context of feminist analysis of men’s violence against women to address the sex-specific killings of women. Whilst some contentions remain over a definition, the definition ‘the killings of women because they are women’ is most frequently used. As well as women killed through intimate partner violence, femicide includes (but is not limited to): women killed by other family members, the torture and misogynist slaying of women including serial killings, the killing of women and girls in the name of “ honour”, targeted killing of women and girls in the context of armed conflict, dowry-related killings of women, female infanticide and gender-based sex selection feticide, killings of women due to accusations of sorcery and/or witchcraft, the deaths of women associated with gangs, organiSed crime, drug dealers, human trafficking and the proliferation of small arms, the killing of women and girls because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and FGM related deaths. Femicide can include women killed by women if the motive is associated with sexist or misogynistic patriarchal values, but is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men.

Femicide is a global issue.  About 66,000 women and girls are violently killed every year, according to a 2012 report by the Small Arms Survey.1 But comparing county-by-county data is challenging, partly because there isn’t a globally accepted definition, or even a globally agreed need for a definition, but also because most countries’ data-collection systems do not record the necessary information, whether that is the sex of the victim and perpetrator, their relationship or any known motives for the killing.  The data that is available suggests that countries with the highest femicide levels correspond to those with the highest rates of fatal violence. El Salvador has the highest femicide rate (12.0 per 100,000 female population), followed by Jamaica (10.9), Guatemala (9.7), and South Africa (9.6). Half of the countries with the top highest estimated femicide rates are in Latin America, with South Africa and Russian and Eastern European countries having disproportionately high rates.  It should be noted that high rates of female infanticide, sex-selective and forced abortion challenge the absence of countries including India and China  from this data. England and Wales’ femicide rate, by comparison, was 0.66 per 100,000 female population for 2013/14.

The ONS findings for 2013/14, consistent with previous years, found that women were far more likely than men to be killed by partners or ex-partners than men.  84 women, around 53% of female homicide victims (over 16) had been killed by their current or a former partner, compared to 23 men (7% of male victims over 16).  The ONS definition of partner/ex-partner homicide includes  killings by a “spouse, cohabiting partner, boyfriend/girlfriend, ex-spouse/ex-cohabiting partner/ex-boyfriend/girlfriend and adulterous relationship” but also “lover’s spouse and emotional rival”.  Combining data for 2011/12 and 2013/14, the ONS tell us that of 57 men killed in partner/ex-partner homicides, 21 of them, over a third, were killed by a man.  Of these 21 men killed by men in the context of partner/ex-partner homicides, 14 of them were killed by a lover’s spouse/love rival.  Of 249 women killed in partner/ex-partner homicides over the same 3 years, 247 were killed by a man, one by a woman (in one case the primary suspect is listed as unknown).  None of the female victims of partner/ex-partner homicide were killed by the spouse of their lover or an emotional rival. Similarly, no male victims of partner/ex-partner homicide were killed by a female spouse of their lover or a female emotional rival. Not only are men killed in the context of an intimate relationship less likely to be killed by their actual partner or ex-partner, they are much more likely than women to be killed by someone of the same sex.

Another important difference between women and men killed in the context of intimate partner violence is the history of the relationship.  When men kill women partners or ex-partners, this usually follows months or years of them abusing her, when women kill male partners or ex-partners, it is usually after months or years of having been abused by the man they have killed.2 So, there are four important differences when we compare women and men killed in the context of a current or previous intimate partnership (figures from the ONS 2011/12 to 2013/14 data):

  • Far fewer men than women are killed in the context of intimate partner violence (57 v. 249)
  • Men are much more likely to be killed by the spouse of a partner or a love rival (14/57 v 0/249)
  • Men are much more likely than women to have been killed by someone of the same sex (21/57 v 1/249)
  • Men are more likely to have been killed by someone they were abusing, women are more likely to have been killed by someone they were being abused by.

If we look at men who kill women (who are not current or ex- intimate partners), it is clear that they have more in common with men who kill female current or former  partners, than the much smaller number of  women who kill male former partners. The concept of femicide, making connections between all forms of men’s fatal violence against women provides a more useful theoretical framework than comparing people killed in the context of intimate partner relationships across the sexes. Sex inequality in patriarchal society cannot be ignored.

Since January 2012, I’ve been recording and commemorating UK women killed by men in a project called Counting Dead Women.  Looking at my own records for the same year as the ONS data, the next biggest group of women killed by men was women killed by their sons.3 Between April 2013 and March 2014, at least 12 women were killed by their sons, two more by their son-in-laws, three by their grandsons and one by her step-grandson. These patterns are not replicated in rates of women killing older male relatives: fathers, fathers-in-law or grandfathers. A further three women were killed by their fathers, and one more by her step-father.

Male entitlement is a deadly seam running through male violence against women, whether coercive control, rape, prostitution, trafficking or femicide.  Prostitution, pornography and trafficking are forms of violence against women, reducing women to commodities, possessions and objects for market exchange. Men are the purchasers, controllers and profit-makers, this market of women cannot be extricated from a context of inequality between women and men. At least 5 women killed last year (the same year as the ONS data) were women exploited through pornography and/or prostitution. There were over 64,000 sexual offences recorded by police last year, overwhelmingly committed by men, with young women those most likely to have experienced sexual assault. 1.4 million domestic violence assaults against women were recorded. When men kill women, regardless of their relationship or lack of it, they are doing so in the context of a society in which men’s violence against women is entrenched and systemic. When misogyny, sexism and the objectification of women are so pervasive that they are all but inescapable, can a man killing a women ever not be a sexist act?

In addition to the women killed in partner/ex-partner homicide and those killed by sons or other family members:

  • One woman was found dead, hanging with a tow rope belonging to the man accused of killing her around her neck. She had more than 30 injuries to her face and arms. He was found sleeping on a blood-stained bed beneath her dead naked body by police who had been called by a neighbour who found water dripping through her ceiling.  The man, who had been in a relationship with her,  claimed not to remember anything that had happened for five hours before police woke him up in bed.  In the weeks before her death, he had sent her a text which read “You’re getting tied up, I will treat you like a random victim, gonna do you Manchester style.”  He claimed she had died during a consensual sex-game and was found not guilty of murder and not guilty of manslaughter. He walked free. The influence of eroticised violence against women cannot be disregarded in this woman’s death.
  • Glen Nelson murdered Krishnamaya Mabo, the court where he was convicted heard that he had gone out seeking a woman to rape. The sentencing judge commented “He killed her deliberately to prevent her testifying about the attempted rape. The violence and sexual assault were inextricably interwoven.”
  • 23-year-old Jamie Reynolds murdered 17-year-old Georgia Williams. During his trial Prosector David Crigman said Reynolds carried out a ‘scripted, sadistic and sexually-motivated murder’ and described him as ‘a sexual deviant’ who has had ‘a morbid fascination in pornography depicting violence towards young women in a sexual context since at least 2008’.  When arrested he had 16,800 images and 72 videos of extreme pornography including digitally modified  images of up to eight other women he personally knew in which ropes had been added around their necks.  Georgia Williams and Jamie Reynolds were ‘friends’, they had not been partners.

Sexual violence runs through these murders and many others that are not men murdering partners or ex-partners. Gender, the social constructs of masculinity and femininity are also integral.  One of the significant achievements of feminism is getting male violence against women into the mainstream and onto the policy agenda.  One of the threats against this achievement is that those with power take the concepts and under the auspices of dealing with the problem shake some of the most basic elements of feminist understanding right out of them.  It is important that we do not allow the connection between the different forms of men’s violence against women to be lost. We need to name the problem as men’s violence against women and we cannot allow a ‘gender’-neutral approach to domestic violence intimate-partner to obscure this.

On the same day that the ONS released their data from the 2013/14 Crime Survey for England and Wales, Women’s Aid and myself launched The Femicide Census. The Femicide Census was built with support from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Deloitte LLP and for the first time will allow detailed tracking and analysis of fatal male violence against women in England. So far data of 694 women killed by men in the years 2009 to 2013 has been collected.

It is self-evident that each woman killed by a man is a unique individual, as is each man who kills a woman or women. The circumstances around each killing are never identical.   But that doesn’t make them isolated incidents.  By refusing to see a pattern we are refusing to see the myriad connections between incidents of men’s fatal violence against women; and by refusing to see the connections we are closing our eyes to the commonalities in the causes. When we link the killings of women by men and stop thinking about isolated incidents, we begin to see the real scale of the problem. The Femicide Census will contribute to increasing awareness of men’s violence and to greater knowledge and analysis of men’s violence against women and girls, it is a crucial step towards prevention.  We also want The Femicide Census to commemorate women, to remember the women and girls who have been killed and the friends and families that mourn them.

To reduce femicide we need to protect the network of specialist services dealing with all forms of men’s violence against women. Refuges in particular can provide a crucial place to escape, though given that women killed years after the end of a violent relationship are not rare, it cannot be assumed that women will be safe after leaving a refuge and this may be particularly important in the context of on-going child contact.  In addition, community based support, ‘Healthy relationships’ education, policing,  prosecutions,  and work with perpetrators are all vitally important, but none of this will tackle the root cause of men’s violence against women.

Men’s violence against women is not natural and it is not inevitable, but it is a cause and consequence of inequality between women and men and underpinned by other manifestations of that inequality: gender and/or sex roles, sexism, misogyny, and the commodification and objectification of women. We need to name men’s violence. We need to keep the connections between the different forms of men’s violence at the forefront of our analysis. We need to say that all the women killed by men were important. If we don’t make the connections and look for the true root causes, we will not reduce the numbers of women being killed by men.  By enabling us to record and analyse comprehensive data on women killed by men, the Femicide Census can be a step towards the change that we want to create.

1 Small Arms Survey, Femicide: A Global Problem

2 Browne et al., 1998; Websdale, 1999; Dugan et al., 2003.

3 Karen Ingala Smith, Killed by their Sons, 2015

Another Isolated Incident

23-year old Zaneta Balazova was found dead by her children on 2nd April 2015 in Benwell, Newcastle. Pavel Cina, 25, has been charged with her murder.

Newcastle City Councillor, Dipu Ahmed, commented:

 “People need to understand this is an isolated incident. Police reacted very quickly and made an arrest.”

“Let’s not raise tensions. We have to grieve for the person who is dead.”

“The people here have always been strong when things like this have happened in the past. No matter what community they are from we need to come together.”

Perhaps Dipu Ahmed would like to define what he means by isolated.

Zaneta Balazova is at least the 26th woman suspected to have been killed by a man in the UK in 2015.

Zaneta Balazova is at least the fifth woman suspected to have been killed by a man in Tyne and Wear in the last year.

Zaneta Balazova was part of a community called ‘women’. Women, my community, are being killed by men. Like Dipu Ahmed I want us to grieve for the woman who is dead. Unlike Dipu Ahmed, I believe that we need to raise tensions.  We need to be angry about yet another murder of one of our community. If members of any other ‘community’ than women, were being killed by members of another ‘community’, other than men, we would not be talking about isolated incidents.

A man suspected of being involved in Huddersfield’s worst-ever mass murder has been arrested in Pakistan: Erasing male violence against women and girls

Shahid Mohammed a  man suspected of being involved in Huddersfield’s worst-ever mass murder has been arrested in Pakistan, the  – so far local – news tells us.

Almost 13 years ago, In May 2002, 8 people1, spanning three generations of one family, were killed and three others escaped, after petrol was poured through the letter box of a house, in Birkby, Hudsdersfield.  The house had been destroyed by the time fire engines had arrived, just four minutes after neighbours had called them upon hearing the windows smash as petrol-bombs were thrown. The youngest killed was a six-month-old baby, the oldest 54.

News of the arrest of Shahid Mohammed immediately caught my attention. Like the killers and their victims, I’m from Huddersfield. I was living and working there for an organisation that ran women’s refuges at the time of the fire.

Three young men were arrested shortly after the incident.  The following year, Shaied Iqbal was convicted of eight counts of murder whilst Shakiel Shazad Amir, and Nazar Hussain were convicted of manslaughter. Shahid Mohammed had also been  arrested but ran away whilst on bail.

What I haven’t seen in the news reports is an analysis of sex.  All those charged in connection with the murders were male, as is Shahid Mohammed.  That seven of the eight victims were women or girls seems to have evaded anyone’s notice. Every report has included the names of the dead, those who escaped and those charged. All but one of them, their visiting grandmother, were born and grew up in Huddersfield. Their names tell us that they were of south Asian descent.  I wish I could believe that the omission of mention of the race of both victims and perpetrators meant that this was not seen as important, that it was a reflection of a society where people are valued equally, but I don’t.  The names say enough, the names tell us ‘other’, the names tell us Muslim.  But the lack of mention of sex fails to locate this act within the context of men’s violence against women and girls.

We need to name male violence against women and girls. Identifying trends and making links is important, it helps us to identify causes and therefore – where there is the will – the potential to find solutions and create change. Men’s fatal violence against women and girls crosses boundaries of race, religion and culture but immediately when race or religion is a factor in violence, it is identified. Why isn’t it the same with sexist and misogynistic murder? Could it be that it is only when the primary aggressors are those acting against, not reinforcing the dominant ideology, that the majority make links?

1 Tayyaba Batool, 13, Rabiah Batool, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, 6, Aneesa Nawaz, 2, Najeeba Nawaz, 6 months, their mother Nafeesa Aziz, 35, and their uncle Mohammed ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, their grandmother, Zaib-un-Nisa, 54.

 

Building the UK’s First Femicide Census: Profiles of Women Killed by Men

Femicide Census Logo

As far as I know, already this year, 10 UK women have been killed by men, they range between 25 and 67-years-old, the men who allegedly killed them between 27 and 75.  10 more women to add to the 126 killed in 2012, the 144 killed in 2013 and the 150 killed in 2014.  Between 2012 and 2014,  I counted and shared the names of 410 women. And now the count for 2015 begins.

Three years after starting I started recording the names of UK women killed by men, it’s with a mixture of pride, deep sadness when I think of women whose lives have been taken by men and feminist anger at the continued onslaught of male violence against women, that I’m looking forward to the launch of the Femicide Census:  Profiles of Women Killed by Men at a conference in London on 12th February.

The conference will bringing together family members of women who have been killed by men and a range of speakers to support the continuation and future development of the census, including me; Polly Neate CEO of Women’s Aid; Professor Jill Radford feminist activist and academic who co-edited Femicide: The Politics of Woman Killing; Dr Aisha Gill co-author of ‘Honour’ Killing and Violence; and Frank Mullane, Director of AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse.

The Femicide Census has been developed through a partnership between Women’s Aid and me, with support from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Deloitte LLP. We intend it to be an important tool, enabling us to monitor fatal male violence against women and provide data to help analyse and reduce the number of women killed by men.  It’s a growing and evolving project currently providing detailed data on femicides in England committed since 2009.  If we don’t name and reveal the extent of men’s fatal violence against women and the various forms it can take, we will never be capable of a thorough enough analysis to reduce or end it.

I spoke to Tracey McVeigh from the Observer about why I started Counting Dead women and why The Femicide Census is important.  Claire Colley spoke to family members of three women who were killed by men.  You can read the piece here.

Title: Building the UK’s First Femicide Census: Profiles of Women Killed by Men
Time & date: 10:00 to 16:30, 12th February 2015‪
Venue: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HS
Cost: £25 per delegate, £20 for Women’s Aid members. No charge for delegates who have lost a family member or friend to femicide.
If you’d like to come along you can book a place here