Tracey Wigginton – 1989

By | November 12, 2016

“Need to feed”

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Tracey Wigginton, the Lesbian Vampire Killer

THE CRIME:

Tracey Avril Wigginton was born on 4 August 1965 and became known as the Lesbian Vampire Killer after she was accused of murder in 1989. She worked in a factory and was having an affair with Lisa Ptachinski (born 1 March 1965). In the autumn of 1989 Wigginton, Ptachinski and two other women, Kim Jervis and her lover Tracy Waugh went to Lewmors, a lesbian nightclub in Brisbane, where they got drunk on champagne.

Wigginton, a 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) tall self-proclaimed vampire, announced that she had a “need to feed” and wanted to drink some human blood. Just before midnight the four women left the club in search of a victim for the overweight Wigginton.

At Kangaroo Point they picked up 47-year-old Brisbane City Council worker Edward Clyde Baldock, a father of five, who had been drinking in the Caledonian Club. They lured him into their car, a green Holden Commodore, probably with the promise of sex, and then drove to a park on the banks of the Brisbane River.

Once they arrived, Wigginton stabbed Mr Baldock 15 times, with a ferocity that almost took off his head and then began to drink his blood. Rowers found Mr Baldock’s body, naked apart from his socks, near the South Brisbane Rowing Club the next day at 6am.

The women were caught when police found a Commonwealth Bank cashpoint card belonging to Wigginton in one of Mr Baldock’s shoes. On 21 January 1991 the Supreme Court of Queensland sentenced Wigginton to life imprisonment. In February 1991 Ptaschinski also received a life term.

Kim Jervis was sentenced to 18 years in jail for manslaughter, later reduced to 12 on appeal and Tracey Waugh was acquitted after her lawyer successfully argued that she had played no active role in the murder and had tried to stop Jervis from taking part.

WHERE:

Orleigh Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

WHEN:

Saturday 21 October 1989

THE AFTERMATH:

In April 2008 Lisa Ptaschinski was given limited release from prison. A spokesman said, “Lisa Ptaschinski has had her application for resettlement leave approved by the Queensland Parole Board. Under the resettlement leave program, she is initially allowed a maximum of 12 hours of leave every two months for six months.” The tattooed Wigginton remains behind bars.

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