Updated: Sep 3, 2021
For the third year in a row I am inviting women to ride with me on the Annual Ride For Murdered Women. This will take place on 4th September 2021 at 1pm.
Last year, due to Covid, women rode individually or in small, socially-distanced groups around the UK and worldwide. I propose that we do the same again this year. Pick your own location, route and riding companions.
The aim of the ride is to honour the lives of women murdered by men as a result of domestic abuse. To date I have ridden for 353 women, brutally stolen from their families and friends, by men who were current or former intimate partners or family members.
I haven't been able to ride as often this year as I haven't been so well. But I will continue to ride for women whenever I am able and it would be amazing if you could join me on 4th September. It means a lot to many of the families left behind and some of them will be riding "alongside" you on the ride. I often feel like the woman I'm riding for is watching somehow, and that she knows how much women care about her and how loved she was. On the 4th September I hope that she knows we remember her and how she died and that we are full of love for her as we honour her life and who she was. It is a very emotional day when we do this.
The "rules" are simple. You must be a woman, over 18 and wearing something red. I would ask that you carry the name of a murdered woman from a list I will place under this blog shortly. Or that you carry all of the women's names if you prefer. We will all set off at 1pm on Saturday 4th September from wherever in the UK we are. Please post pictures of your ride and the woman's name using the hashtag #RideForMurderedWomen on whichever social media you use. The route is up to you including how far you ride. One mile is as good as fifty. It is the act of remembrance that counts. Please try to think of the woman or women as you ride and some of how she was killed if you can bear it. It is a tribute to our fallen sisters and an act of defiance against the men who keep killing women they know.
This is a female-only, adult event. Men, transwomen and children under 18 are not invited to join this ride, the specific aim is that women ride for women because it is women who have been murdered. I hope that this will be respected though it has not been in the past. Women are murdered by men, on average, in a domestic context, once every four days.
As in the past 2 years, all money raised will go to the Nia the women's service providing refuge and advocacy for some of the most vulnerable women in the UK. I choose Nia specifically because they provide a trauma-informed women's service, run by women and for women.
If you would like to donate in honour of the women murdered and to Nia please do it here..... https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jeanhatchetrideformurderedwomen
I am so grateful for any woman who feels she can ride for murdered women. It is an act of love for those women and it is also a political act. Helping other women survive men's violence against them is a feminist act and an act of love of women. This project is devoted to the women who didn't make it out alive and with love and hope for the women who we are determined to save. Thank you to everyone who rides and everyone who donates.
The names of the women we ride for are below. Remember them always.
Ride #1 Katrina O Hara - Stabbed to death by her ex husband outside her place of work as she closed the shop. He had lain in wait for her.
Ride #2 Georgina Symonds - strangled with twine after she "dumped" the man who repeatedly bought her body to use for sex and told her he loved her. Prostitutes lives matter too.
Ride #3 Lisa Jane Lyttle - strangled to death by her husband with a mobile phone cord. He was annoyed afterwards that he lost all his friends.
Ride #4 Andrea Lewis Stamped to death by her husband who then dragged her outside and left her to be found in the street half-naked with 41 different injuries. There was a history of him covering her in bruises.
Ride #5 Guida Rufino - had her throat slashed and was stabbed in the chest 4 times by an ex- partner she had told to leave. He tied up her friend who had come to help her so that she heard her best friend die, screaming and begging for her life.
Ride #6 Elidona Demiraj stabbed to death by her partner - neighbours heard her screaming and a loud thud.
Ride #7 Geraldine Newman - Beaten to death with a hammer whilst her children lay bleeding to death upstairs after her husband stabbed them.
Ride #8 Caroline Andrews - Strangled to death by her husband, who had defrauded her dementia suffering father out of more than £260,000. He then checked into a hotel room with a woman he intended to prostitute after buying knives, Prosecco and condoms. He lied to their 4 children about her death.
Ride #9 Bethany Hill - tortured by two men - one of whom was her ex-partner. They bound a Barbie Doll, supposed to resemble her, with duct tape just as they did her before repeatedly slashing her wrists as neighbours heard her screaming.
Ride #10 - Sheila Jefferson - brutally murdered by her brother-in-law. 17 blunt force injuries to her face and also shot in the face.
Ride #11 - For Kerry Gascoigne who was strangled to death by her partner.
Ride #12 - for Leanne Wall was head-butted and then strangled to death by her ex-partner
Ride #13 - for Maria Byrne whose husband doused her in white spirit and then turned the gas on so she caught alight. She lived for 30 minutes.
Ride #14 - for Rose Hill who was strangled to death by her grandson who also killed her daughter.
Ride #15 - for Julie Hill who was axed in the face, had her teeth punched out and was then drowned in the bath by her nephew who had also murdered her mother.
Ride #16 - For Lisa Reynolds - stabbed 17 times by her boyfriend as she begged him to stop because the knife was blunt as her children watched. She screamed "The knife is blunt! Stop it Baz."
Ride #17 - For Natasha Bradbury who was murdered by her ex who cracked her ribs, her neck, injured her brain and caused heart injuries.
Ride #18 for Julie Archer - doused in petrol and set alight by her brother. She told a nurse he did it just before she died.
Ride #19 For Gemma Stevens - her boyfriend stamped on her head 11 times, stabbed her and then set her house on fire.
Ride #20 for Dawn Green killed by her husband who then hanged himself.
Ride #21 for Carrie Ann Izzard who was fatally stabbed 29 times in the neck by her ex
Ride #22 for Lyndsey Smith – who was stabbed to death in the stomach by her ex who went off out having a nice time as she died after years of abuse.
Ride #23 for Lynn Freeman who was stabbed by her partner who murdered his ex partner, Jodie Betteridge, just minutes later.
Ride #24 for Jodie Betterridge who was stabbed 30 times in the head and 45 times in the torso – a total of 132 times altogether. The blade of the knife of the man’s knife broke off with the ferocity. He stabbed her on her front garden in front of her 3 children, one of whom ran around in the sun screaming and covered in her blood.
Ride #25 for Joanna Trojniak who was stabbed 6 times by a partner she was trying to leave. He than stabbed himself a tiny bit and ran into the street crying as an attempt to escape justice.
Ride #26 for Amina Begum who was killed by her son after “multiple incised wounds” according to the coroner.
Ride #27 for Natasha Sadler who was stabbed through the head and suffered other stab wounds after a man who lived in the same house was unhappy that she turned on a tap and his shower temperature changed.
Ride #28 for Laura Marshall who was murdered by her ex after months of abuse. He left her in a bath of her own blood, raped and covered in bruises.
Ride #29 for Tracy Cockrell whose partner strangled her and then set her on fire.
Ride #30 for Helen Bailey who was targeted during her grief for her dead husband and then manipulated by a new partner who then suffocated her and buried her in a cesspit under the garage – allowing police to search for her body for months. He killed her dog too and buried it alongside her.
Ride #31 for Leigh Ann Mahachi who was stabbed 40 times by her ex in the street outside her house. Her mother heard her screams as she died and came out to try to stop her blood with towels as her ex partner ran away.
Ride #32 for Jean Ryan who was stabbed to death by her husband.
Ride #33 for Nasreen Khan who was a care worker, stabbed to death with her 5 children in the house, because her husband did not like that she visited men as part of her job.
Ride #34 for Fay Daniels who was stabbed 17 times including 4 to her face, 8 to her neck and had 2 broken ribs. Her ex then dumped her in the back yard.
Ride #35 for Xin Xin Lei repeatedly stabbed by her husband.
Ride #36 For Louise O' Brien whose husband strangled her to death then left a heart-shaped chocolate on the pillow next to her dead body.
Ride #37 For Natalie Hemming whose husband found out she was going to leave him and beat her to death. Her 6 year old son crept out of bed and saw his mother during the murder but was frightened he would be told off. Her husband then dumped her body face down in a wood to be found 3 weeks later and took the children to the zoo.
Ride #38 For Iris Owens whose son strangled, kicked and slashed at her with a chainsaw as she hung out washing on the line in her garden.
Ride #39 For Becky Morgan who was on a date with a man who "allowed" her to fall into the sea without raising the alarm or helping as she drowned. He went off to the pub instead.
Ride #40 for Maria Mbombo whose husband stabbed her to death after an internet search for "the most painful place to stab someone".
Ride #41 for Marina Erte beaten severely by her jealous ex who then drowned her by holding a shower attachment to her face.
Ride #42 for Marina Nolan whose ex slashed her throat and strangled her with a TV flex. He put their 2 year old son out into the street to wander then returned with 3 knives and stabbed her to death leaving her to be found by her other son. (Marina was murdered in 2002 but I was asked by her friend to honour her death)
Ride #43 For Sonita Nijhawan whose husband axed her in the head 40 times and also stabbed her 78 times because she wanted a divorce. She took her rings off the day before and he replaced them after she was dead. He was jailed for manslaughter because "depressed" but not too depressed and "out of control" to search "softest part of the human female skull" the day before.
Ride #44 for Dawn Rhodes. Her husband was cleared of murder. I've included her in this list because he slashed her throat. He had been stalking her, checking her phone and Facebook and found she was seeing another man. He had harassed her and her friends via Facebook posts from a fake profile. It is sad that she was the one labeled "unstable" and he walked free.
Ride #45 for Andrena Douglas - police arrived to tell her her partner was injured in a caravan fire- only to find her murdered.
Ride #46 for Karen Hales - bludgeoned to death with a hammer by her daughter's ex-partner. He raped and murdered her daughter Jade at the same time.
Ride #47 for Jade Hales - ex- partner broke in and raped her, murdered her and then also murdered her mother and dog.
Ride #48 for Keziah Flux-Edmunds - aged 6. Killed by her father to torture her mother, his estranged wife. He drowned Keziah and her pet dogs and lay them all on the bed for her mother to find alongside a letter which said " You've taken everything and I will leave you with just memories."
Ride #49 for Helen Fraser - stabbed multiple times by her partner in front of her daughter as neighbours heard her screaming.
Ride #50 for Jean Irwin whose husband hit her with a hammer as she slept and then strangled her.
Ride #51 for Nijole Sventeckiene whose partner slit her throat with a single 5 inch long incision and left her naked crying for help.
Ride #52 for Agnieszka Szymura who was stabbed by her partner 30 times as neighbours watched. There was evidence of past abuse and injuries.
Ride #53 for Sandra Gill. There was clear evidence of past abuse at the hands of her husband and yet a coroner could not be certain that her severe head injury was inflicted by him. He said she may have "fallen off the toilet". Grown women can sit on toilets. And beds. Even when drunk.
Ride #54 for Sarah Nash who was strangled by her ex-partner who was allowed to walk free just months before to attend a "relationship course".
Ride #55 was for Jules Parkin who was killed this year. It was so shocking to know that her class would be going into school to hear that their teacher had been murdered. I included her at the request of a friend but will also ride for her again.
Ride #56 Alison Muncaster shot by her husband as she sat on the sofa.
Ride #57 for Emma Baum whose ex-partner battered her to death with a crowbar and then urged her mother to come and "find her" with him.
Ride #58 for Claire Hart shot by her husband days after she left him. He left a note "revenge is a dish best served cold" he also shot her daughter alongside her after lying in wait for them. He reloaded his gun between rounds.
Ride #59 for Charlotte Hart whose father shot her alongside her mum because her mum had left him days before. His note also said "Karma is a bitch". Charlotte's last words were "It was my dad who shot me". Brave to the last.
Ride #60 for Tracey Gabriel who was stabbed repeatedly by a male "friend" who also stabbed another friend of hers.
Ride #61 for Samia Shahid whose ex-husband raped her and strangled her as he disapproved of her second marriage. Her father assisted him.
Ride #62 for Nicola Haworth suffocated by her ex-partner who left her 9 month old baby screaming in the house beside her body.
Ride #63 for Lenuta Iona Haidemac - prostituted by her partner to another man who raped and murdered her. He strangled her, stabbed her twice, punctured her nipples and wrote a name on her body.
Ride #64 for Margaret Mayer whose husband bludgeoned her to death with a lamp.
Ride #65 for Hannah Pearson whose partner strangled her to death after watching porn. She did not consent to the porn-influenced "sex" either the judge found.
Ride #66 for Gergana Prodanova murdered by her ex-partner who was furious that she refused to go back to him and was beginning a new relationship. He put her naked body in a suitcase and dragged it through the town centre before dumping her to decompose beside a railway line. She had endured years of abuse.
Ride #67 for Lynne Braund who had a deep fear of fires. Her 18 month old daughter had died in a house fire in 1990 and she still suffered the trauma of that when her ex-partner squirted her with lighter fluid and set her on fire. Then left as she burned.
Ride #68 for Donna Williamson whose boyfriend accused her of sleeping with other men so he stabbed her in the heart and lung. She had tried to call the police and he could be heard screaming "You are dying. You are dying mate. Your life is slipping away from you. What you done to me you c*nt, you f*cking deserve it."
Ride #69 for Xixi Bi beaten to death by her partner. She had 41 injuries including a broken jaw and ribs. Paramedics found her body so bruised they thought it was a result of her being dead for days not hours.
Ride #70 for Jean Constant asphyxiated with a plastic bag by her husband .
Ride #71 for Karen Arnold was murdered by her husband who stabbed her multiple times.
Ride #72 for Alison Jane Farr-Davies beaten to death by her boyfriend and thrown downstairs naked. Her body was hit with such force that there was a penetrating cardia injury - similar injuries are only seen in war as a result of shrapnel, grenades, mortar bombs and explosions.
Ride #73 for Hayley Dean whose partner bludgeoned her to death with a lump hammer and then slept next to her body. He put her head under the pillow. When she was found she had a cigarette in her mouth and a lighter in the other hand.
Ride #74 for Elizabeth Bowe whose brother murdered her because she was going to accuse him of rape. She was found with a dressing gown around her neck and naked from the waist down as he sat close by smoking a cigarette.
Ride #75 for Melinda Korosi whose ex-partner raped her 3 times before gouging a hole in her neck with a sharpened rock. Police deemed her high risk after she had recently accused him of rape.
Ride #76 for Nasreem Buksh whose estranged husband bashed her skull in as she slept. The children reported that he never spoke to her and hadn't for years.
Ride #77 for Natasha Wake whose partner stabbed her 11 times with an 8 inch knife. He stabbed her with such force that 6 of the wounds went through her torso and out of her back. He then wrapped her in a duvet and put her under the stairs telling her daughter that the blood on the walls was ketchup. He was unhappy that she had found out he was being investigated for sexual assault.
Ride #78 for Jaqueline Pattenden whose partner stabbed her to death through her chest in his home.
Ride #79 for Mandy Gallear whose husband stabbed her as she unloaded the dishwasher because she had told him she was leaving him
Ride #80 for Vicky Bance whose husband saw her talking to another man so he stabbed her 23 times with a commando knife. She had 16 stab wounds to her chest, 14 deeply penetrating her heart and both lungs and any one of them could have been fatal with the maximum depth of one wound being 20cm.
Ride #81 for Sophie Smith whose boyfriend beat her for 4 hours breaking 11 of her ribs, her eye socket and her nose.
Ride #82 for Alice Ruggles who was stalked increasingly and relentlessly before eventually being stabbed to death by an ex partner who had already terrorised and abused her. She felt "palmed off" by police. He eventually broke in to her home and slashed her throat from ear to ear. He stabbed her at least 6 times. Even as he waited to murder her he was on his phone arranging a Tinder date for afterwards.
Ride #83 for Lucy Jones murdered by ex partner in a sustained and brutal attack with a total of 90 separate injuries.
Ride #84 for Belen Tripp whose husband stabbed her 24 times with some of those wounds 14cm deep and damaging her shoulder blades with the ferocity.
Ride #85 for Deeqa Ibrahim who kindly visited her ill husband before he returned to Somalia. He grabbed her and locked them both in the bathroom where he began stabbing her to death.
Ride #86 for Rebecca Johnson stabbed to death by her boyfriend who escaped and pretended to be suffering from hypothermia.
Ride #87 for Linda Ordinans was found murdered after her husband called police to report her murder shortly before killing himself.
Ride #88 for Andraya Webb told her boyfriend on a night out that their relationship was over after he had been violent towards her too many times. She assured friends it would be ok for her to go home even after he had become aggressive. Her ex returned and broke into her home. He hit her with an iron. He stamped on her face so hard he left a boot mark. He poured paint down her throat and put gas canisters between her thighs before setting her on fire. She had 45 different injuries and was breathing when she was set alight. He said "Some of us have angels and some of us have demons. Tonight the demons won."
Ride #89 for Umida Eshboboeva strangled to death by her husband just before Christmas. Always an enhanced period of risk for victims.
Ride #90 for Angela Best was murdered by a man at his home. Few other details are available.
Ride #91 for Claire Paton was beaten to death by her ex-partner - the excuse offered was that he had tinnitus. He also attacked her son with a nail gun after throttling her. No excuse is acceptable for killing a woman. Not even poorly ears.
Ride #92 for Hayley Wall who was lured into a "relationship" with her abusive uncle. He then murdered her because she refused to sexually touch him in public in front of her friends. He smashed her skull in with a television.
Ride #93 for Nicola Woodman murdered on Christmas Day 2016 by her partner who stabbed her in the chest. He also battered her with a pickaxe handle. A judge told him "You are not ill. You are wicked."
Ride #94 for Tracy McPartland beaten to death over a 2 day period by her son who had history of abusing her. She had a total of 29 separate injuries. The judge said "she simply took the beating and did not seek help". No woman expects the child they give birth to will one day beat the life from them. It is the ultimate betrayal.
Ride #95 for Nicola Beck husband murdered her with a massive head wound + 10 other scalp wounds over money/divorce
Ride #96 for Kerri McCauley beaten to death by ex who broke her phone so she couldn’t call help +her mother to find
Ride #97 for Victoria Shorrock - killed with cut to back of Head +significant bruises - partner jailed for “assault"
Ride #98 for Kulwinder Kaur stabbed 3 times in the neck until dead by jealous ex-husband - murder is dark + cold
Ride #99 for Kiran Daudia whose ex husband murdered her, stuffed her in a suitcase and left her in an alleyway
Ride #100 for Amandeep Kaur whose partner feared she would leave him so he slashed her neck before she was able to.
Ride#101 for Anita Downey whose partner slit her throat in front of his own son who then had to call 999.
Ride #102 for Chrissy Kendall - strangled to death by controlling ex partner who left her body for her son to find
Ride #103 for Gillian Zvomuya husband struck her 40 times in her car inc with axe. Then drove body to Lidl car park
Ride #104 for Anne Forneaux who was murdered by her husband who battered her around the head with a hammer and stabbed her in the neck.
Ride #105 for Tina Billingham stabbed through heart +liver with sword stick by partner who dumped her body in GP’s
Ride #106 for Hannah Dorans whose ex partner allegedly raped her and then strangled her. He also sent messages to her parents via Facebook causing them distress. He had behaved in an abusive and threatening way towards her before the alleged murder.
Ride #107 for Catherine Kelly - murdered by her son who doused her in petrol and set her on fire
Ride #108 for Karina Batista-partner stabbed her through the eye, cut her throat, stabbed her in the heart+lungs
Ride #109 in fog again for Humara Khan - husband bludgeoned her to death with a hammer for not making him a meal. I hope every meal from now on tastes like death. I hope he vomits often. I hope he dies hungry
Ride #110 for Hazel Wilson-Briant stabbed to death by partner in front of kids screaming for someone to call 999.
Ride #111 for Margaret Stenning stabbed to death by her husband in Spain where they had retired. Abusive men often isolate their victims by moving them to a home away from family and friends.
Ride #112 for Avis Addison suffocated by her husband who refused all help for her during her descent into dementia
Ride #113 for Beverley Hudson - stabbed by ex partner 22 times. He broke 2 knives and stabbed her daughter 5 times
Ride #114 for Sarah Pitkin. Husband stabbed her in the neck multiple times - after previous abuse suspected
Ride #115 for Justene Reece who killed herself as a result of an ex’s obsessive stalking and coercive control
Ride #116 today for Anne-Marie James stabbed in the chest until dead by her brother who also stabbed their mum
Ride #117 for Sabrina Mullings whose partner stabbed her through the heart and liver after asking her to marry him
Ride #118 for Vikki Hull strangled to death by father of her child in her father’s home.
Ride #119 for Kanwal Bernice also as I miscounted. It is unclear exactly how she was murdered as her husband had placed her in a storage room wrapped in cloth with a bin liner over her feet. She had been there up to 14 days when found.
Ride #120 for Carolyn Hill - punched in face by boyfriend resulting in brain haemorrhage - he got drunk +bragged
Ride #121 for Katrina Evemy stabbed +bitten to death by jealous boyfriend who left her toddler covered in her blood
Ride #122 for Megan Bills. New “boyfriend” strangled her acting out a snuff fantasy then wrapped her in cling film
Ride#123 for Karolina Chwiluk -
Ex-Boyfriend stabbed her 26 times in the face +neck cos she was dating a friend
Extra Ride #124 for Tara Newbold whose partner was, unfathomably, disgustingly, not charged with murder. Her family seek justice.
Ride #125 for Jane Sherratt beaten to death with a training weight by husband - she lived 17 weeks before dying
Ride #126 for Tracy Kearns-husband inflicted 40 separate injuries, strangled, smothered and dumped her in a trailer
Ride #127 For Megan Bannister
Extra ride #33 for unnamed woman bullied to take her own life by vile rapist. She cannot be named as her anonymity is protected so I called her Ms Sheffield as that is where she was killed.
Ride #128 for Sinead Wooding- Was stabbed multiple times and hit repeatedly with a hammer by her husband. He then attempted to burn her body before dumping it in a wood to be found. He had been harassing another woman just days before and was a serial abuser.
Ride #129 for Concepta Leonard stabbed to death by partner who also stabbed her son. She had a non-mol order
Ride #130 for Gemma Leeming whose partner strangled her to death and wrote “no brain” on her face in mascara. He desecrated her body+wrote on her in her own blood so that it would look like he was having a psychotic episode
Ride #131 for Emma Day. Ex partner stabbed her repeatedly over child maintenance as she took her kids to school.
Ride #132 for Sobhia Khan murdered by partner of just a few weeks - he had previously set a woman on fire in 2010
Ride #133 for Arena Saeed and her children. Husband suffocated her and drowned her 2 children
Ride #134 for domestic violence worker Alyson Watt stabbed in neck repeatedly by ex - he also attacked her son
Ride #135 for Sarah Jeffery -was planning to leave husband when he choked her+strangled with hair straightener cord
Ride #136 for Jean Chapman. Husband battered her over the head with a vase made by her son. Then strangled her.
Ride #137 for Molly McLaren who ended a relationship-always the most dangerous time for women with abusive men.
Ride #138 for Vera Savage - aged 89 was found stabbed to death and her son found alongside her. Police said she was murdered but he was not. They weren't looking for anyone else. Why on Earth can they not just admit when men murder women? It is not unusual on these lists to find sons are the murderers and it is the ultimate betrayal.
Ride #139 for Celine Dookhran uncle slit her throat after kidnapping and raping her.
Ride #140 for Olivia Kray whose father strangled her and then went to kill her mother -but failed.
Ride #141 for Betty Jordan - murdered by her estranged husband who drove to her home and stabbed her to death because he thought she was having an affair. Reports focus on the fact that he was wrong. Firstly, a woman who is not in a current relationship cannot be "unfaithful" to a man she has split from. Secondly - infidelity is still not a reason to murder a woman. Men do not own women.
Ride #142 for Leanne Collopy whose ex stabbed her to death +set her house in fire with her 2 yr old daughter inside
Ride #143 for Rikki Lander - husband read a text and was jealous so beat her round the head and strangled her. He then hanged himself leaving their 3 kids in the house
Extra Ride #144 at the request of friends of Shabnam Bhardwaj who was murdered a few days ago in Himachal Pradesh in #India by her husband who it is alleged hung her body to look like suicide. The police initially didn’t act
Ride #145 for Hannah Cohen - Murdered by her brother who suspected he had been cut out of the family will and business. Men cannot murder women who don't do what they want even if they are family.
Ride #146 for Leah Cohen whose son allegedly stabbed her to death because annoyed about a family will. He also allegedly murdered his sister.
Ride #147 for Beryl Hammond murdered by her son after many violent assaults reported and sadly retracted. He broke 10 ribs and left her to decompose - the pain of love she must have felt for a son who finally killed her.
Ride #148 for Asiyah Harris. Her ex-partner stabbed her 3 times in the neck finally severing an artery. He had arranged for her 2 children to be out of the house.
Ride #149 for Jessica King. Jealous ex partner strangled her to death with her children in the house. He told her “if I can’t have you no one can!” Many women will recognise this phrase. Other women. Fear it.
Extra Ride #150 for Rachel Slack at the request of her friend @Becky_Slack - she was stabbed 32 times in the chest and back by her ex along with her son Auden after significant police failuresHe also asked her “What do you think I’m going to do?” And she replied “I know what you’re going to do. You’re going to kill me.” We always suspect they might. Long after we are free. Every time you see them or hear their voice. A lifetime of fear.
Ride #151 for Linda Parker stabbed 12 times by an ex partner who had stalked her relentlessly after she ended a coercive relationship that had kept her from friends and family. She had a restraining order
Ride #152 for Nasima Noorzia whose husband stabbed her more than 20 times in the neck before putting her body in bin bags and dumping her in woodland because she wanted to end the marriage
Ride #153 for Katherine Smith who was stabbed 33 times in the heart, neck + chest by an obsessive partner she met online who lied about his name and forced her to have a tattoo of those initials and stalked her movements relentlessly.
Ride #154 for Leanne Mckie a detective constable in the serious sexual offences unit strangled by her police officer husband and dumped in a lake as he callously tried to cover up crime including sending “loving” texts to her phone post-murdering her
Ride #155 for Jane Sergeant smothered with a duvet by her husband who took her from a care home where she was being cared for alleging “compassion”. Men don’t get to decide to kill women for ANY reason.
Extra Ride #156 for Shaeen Akhtar - husband stabbed her to death in front of her children after she asked him to leave due to his drinking and gambling. She couldn’t push him out of the door in time to stop him. He’d stored a combat knife in his trousers
Extra ride #157 for Barbara Francis whose husband murdered her in 1995 and then committed suicide. As these cowards often do. She was according to her friend @Janerthered a wonderful Jamaican woman who was hoping to return there one day and open a cafe
Ride #158 for Moira Gilbertson stabbed to death allegedly by her ex who hid her body and carried on texting her friends as though she was still alive
Ride #159 for Sophie Louise Brook strangled with electrical flex in 2015 by her husband who then wrapped her body in plastic and hid it in communal bins. This was an extra ride at the request of her friend who I met in Truro on Saturday. Her friend asked me not to use her married name and could not control her tears as she spoke of her love for Sophie. She shook as she told me. The devastation of losing a friend in this way will never leave her. I’ll never forget hugging that poor woman
Ride #160 - for Anne O' Neill. Battered to death around the head by her son in the garden as neighbours heard him shout "I will find you". The priest at her funeral said it was a "double tragedy" though only she was dead. The priest said "we've made bad choices or made mistakes, or sometimes we are victims of circumstance, life seems to have thrown us a raw deal".... and yet only the woman is dead. She didn't get to make poor choices. She was murdered.
Ride #161 for Elizabeth Merriman estranged from her husband who stabbed her many times with a samurai sword when he found she had begun a new relationship.
Ride #162 for Janet Northmore strangled to death by her son in his home. He never stood trial because he killed himself in jail. Always after the poor woman ...not first.
Ride #163 for Jillian Howell- murdered by a colleague she invited to dinner who had developed an obsession with her. She rejected him so he stabbed her 15 times. He wrote "bully" on her forehead and posted a cartoon on Facebook afterwards which read "stand up to bullies and then kill them". She was not a bully. He is a murderer.
Ride #164 for Mary Steel stabbed a number of times by her own son. There are a number of women killed by their sons that I have ridden for. Women raise men and they kill them as reward. The ultimate betrayal.
Ride #165 for Simone Grainger whose husband hit her with a saucepan and then strangled her to death. He hid her body in a rug so her daughter didn’t see her. She described her marriage as “worst mistake of my life” poor woman. She wasn’t to blame
Extra ride #167 for Deborah Ruse at the request of her friend. Her jealous husband hacked her to death repeatedly with an axe including her face, head and neck. He carried on while she was on the floor bleeding and dying
Ride #168 for Patricia McIntosh whose ex-husband smashed her in the face with a saucepan and then repeatedly kicked her until she was dead because she wouldn’t sell her home.
Ride #169 for Lisa Chadderton whose partner strangled her and punched her before stabbing her 5 times in the neck and once in the eye in a jealous rage.
Ride #170 for Monika Lasek - after years of violence and coercion -husband stabbed her repeatedly including as she crawled along the floor trying to escape the attack. The police had been called just the week before.
Ride #171 for Ruby Wilson. Her grandson brought many knives to kill her in her care home. She was 94 when he slit her throat at both sides. Terror and betrayal are still felt by elderly women with dementia. Murder isn’t merciful.
Ride #172 for Susan Westwood whose son stabbed her multiple times because she complained that her tea was too milky. Her family said she loved him very much.
Ride #173 for Janine Bowater strangled to death by her ex-partner who then raped her while she was unconscious
Ride #174 for Jodie Willsher. Her mother’s ex-partner stabbed her repeatedly in the chest and stomach as revenge because her mum had ended the relationship with him
Ride #175 for Beverley Bliss punched repeatedly then stabbed to death by her son who left the knife in her throat afterwards as he sat drinking tea at her kitchen table - excused made for him. There are no excuses for murdering women
Ride #176 for Jayne Reat stabbed to death by her partner’s son as she prevented her own daughter from being murdered by him too as she shielded her. This is what mothers do. We die for our children. Women are mighty
Ride #177 for Pauline Cockburn who was stabbed to death by her violent partner. He had previously had guns removed by police. But he found a way. They should have removed him.
Ride #178 for Anne Searle strangled to death by her husband after posting on her Facebook that she hoped to be around in 2018 but “we will see”. Despite what has been said at trial she knew her life was at risk because she lived with a murderer.
Ride #179 for Melanie Clark murdered by her husband who stabbed her because of her love for another woman. He felt she was laughing at him. It is not an excuse to murder a woman because she ridicules your penis.
Ride #180 for Julie Owens. Another woman murdered by her son. It was the ultimate betrayal as he punched her to death. Not for the 1st time. He called it a “slap”. He initially blamed her partner who’d hit her weeks before. Poor woman beaten and betrayed
Ride #181 for Elizabeta Lacatusu whose former partner waited outside her home before stabbing her for 30 seconds in the neck and torso before calmly walking away. She had rejected his attempts to get her back after she ended the relationship
Ride #182 for Terrie-Ann Jones stabbed 26 times by her repeatedly violent controlling boyfriend who had threatened to blow up her family and kill her. He said he didn’t mean it to police. He meant it.
Ride #183 for Claire Taverner whose jealous, controlling estranged husband stabbed her 10 times and left her bleeding for her two boys aged 3 and 6 to find. They sat with her body for an hour before calling police. Poor babes.
Ride #184 for Geraldine Mellor whose boyfriend strangled her to death after a row about her wanting to purchase things in a shop he didn’t sanction. He left her lying in boxes. Abusers control even what women buy. A warning sign.
Ride #185 for Amelia Blake who was bludgeoned to death while backpacking by a boyfriend she met on her travels who did not like her freedom to roam and potential to leave him
Ride #186 for Cassie Hayes. Still so fresh in our memories. Her girlfriend’s ex par