Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Dena Thompson, Black Widow Serial Killer – England, 1994

Wikipedia: Dena Thompson (born 1960) is a convicted murderer, confidence trickster and bigamist. She habitually met men through lonely hearts columns and stole their money. She is currently in prison for murdering former Media Manager Julian Webb. She was acquitted of the attempted murder of a second man, Richard Thompson, and is also suspected of murdering an ex-boyfriend. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison at the age of 43. She was also convicted of stealing from and defrauding her former lovers. Following her conviction Detective Chief Inspector Martyn Underhill stated: "This woman is every man's nightmare, the most dangerous woman I have ever met.”

For a decade, she has targeted men sexually, financially and physically. The men of Britain can sleep safe tonight knowing she has been taken off the road by being rammed." A judge described her as: "one of the most fluent liars I have come across." Detective Chief Inspector Martyn Underhill noted Thompson's misandry, stating: "I think the events of her childhood have made her hate men. If you look at her life, it is always men she has targeted."

~ Early life ~

Thompson was born Dena Holmes in 1960 in Hendon, North London. She worked for a building society.

~ Lee Wyatt ~

Thompson married Wyatt in the 1990s. She convinced Wyatt that he had received £50 million for a toy he had patented and was wanted by the mafia. He was forced to live homeless for years in order to escape the mafia. The defence described Wyatt as a 'fantasist'. Thompson later claimed in court that Wyatt had assaulted her, their son and her mother. She made allegations also of sexual assault. She had previously secured an injunction against him. No charges concerning Wyatt were brought against her.

~ Julian Webb ~

Thompson bigamously married Julian Webb in 1991. She murdered him on his 31st birthday in June 1994 by poisoning a curry. Webb had a penchant for very hot curry and it is speculated that this would have masked the taste of the anti-depressants. He died of an overdose of anti-depressants and paracetemol. The inquest recorded an open verdict. Thompson unsuccessfully attempted to have his body cremated. She tried also to collect money amounting to £35,000, which would be released from his pension plan, in the event of his death but Webb's mother was able to establish that Thompson was not his next of kin, as she was still married to her first husband.

Following Thompson's trial for attempting to murder Richard Thompson, Webb's body was exhumed.

Julian Webb's mother later testified that she had warned her son about marrying a woman whom he had known for only three months.

~ Richard Thompson ~

Dena Holmes married Richard Thompson (her 3rd Husband) in 1998.

Dena Thompson attempted to kill her bound and gagged husband with a baseball bat. She claimed that he had attacked her following the revelation that she had defrauded him and had retaliated in self-defence.

She was acquitted of attempting to murder him, but was sentenced on 15 counts of fraud, for three years and nine months in prison.

Following the acquittal for attempting to murder Richard Thompson, the police announced they would be exhuming Julian Webb's body (Her 2nd Husband).

Richard Thompson later described Dena as 'pure evil'.

~ Conviction ~

In 2003, she was sentenced to a minimum of sixteen years in prison. Following her conviction it was reported, that Thompson was being investigated about the disappearance of Stoyan Kostov.


CHRONOLOGY (dates are scant, and sometimes contradictory, in the available sources; p[robable errors below)
1960 – Thompson was born Dena Lynn Holmes in 1960 in Hendon, North London.
Late 1970s-1980s – Stoin (Stoyan) Costov (Svishtov, Bulgaria), disappeared without a trace during period when Dena was frequently visiting Bulgaria.
October 12, 1984 – Dena (22) marries Lee Wyatt; Green Oaks, Lancing; cheated on everything he owned.
1984 (circa) – Unnamed man (under 30); partner for two years with Dena in Leeds. Died inexplicably.
1991 – Dena marries Julian Webb bigamously in 1991 while still married to first husband Lee Wyatt.
1987 – son Darren born.
1994 – Richard Thompson (44), attempted murder. Bound hands and feet and fought bloody with a baseball bat.
Jun. 1994 – Julian Webb dies; Yapton, near Arundel, West Sussex, on his 31st birthday; poisoned by a lethal dose of crushed antidepressant tablets - hidden in a very heavily spiced curry.
2000 – Dena freed after a jury found her not guilty of trying to kill Richard Thompson, husband number three, during a sex bondage session.
2003 – Dena sentenced to a minimum of sixteen years in prison. Fraud.
Dec. 15, 2003 – Dena Thompson was jailed for life yesterday for poisoning Julian Webb her second husband on his birthday with a curry laced with drugs.
Jan. 2010 – police reopen case on Webb death.
Other theft victims – Graham Binks, Phil Trott.



For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.


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