Serial killer Joanna Dennehy's daughter says her mother should die in jail, apologizes to victims' families
Joanna Dennehy's crimes were labeled 'Peterborough ditch murders' as the three victims — all males who died of stab wounds — were found dumped unceremoniously in ditches outside Peterborough
At the age of 13, serial killer Joanna Dennehy's daughter Shianne Treanor found out about her mother's horrific crimes after not having seen her mother for four years. The schoolgirl was being raised by her father John Treanor.
Joanna Dennehy was a dangerous and volatile woman who lived a life of booze, drugs, self-harm, and casual sex with men and women alike. John had walked out on Dennehy and taken their two children with him. One night, when Shianne was having a sleepover at a friend's house, he broke the news to her and said, "Your mum has killed someone."
However, the truth was far worse and, as it turned out, Joanna Dennehy had stabbed three men and had dumped their bodies in ditches. In addition to the murders, she also viciously stabbed two men leaving them to die but they luckily survived.
Years later, she pleaded guilty to the Peterborough ditch murders.
ITV's recently released documentary 'Joanna Dennehy: Serial Killer' explores her childhood and her path to become one of Britain's most dangerous women. MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) previously reported Dennehy's descend from an innocent child to a serial killer.
Dennehy revealed that she specifically targeted men when she went on her killing spree and chose to leave women and children out of her murderous rampage. A judge told Dennehy that she would die in prison for her crimes, and her daughter Shianne, now 19, agrees.
As reported by the Mirror, Shianne said, "She deserves to spend the rest of her life in prison. I’m sorry to the victims. I can’t imagine what they went through."
Knowing nothing about her mother, she visited her in jail last year to find some answers. "I was told nothing about my mum and I wanted answers. I turned 18 and started to look into it. Eventually, I got an email telling me where she was."
"In October last year, I wrote her a letter. I was really cold because I thought she hated me. I told her I wasn’t looking for a relationship with her, I just wanted to know why. But I got a letter full of love and warmth and how much she wanted to have me in her life. I just cried. It was so emotional," Shianne added. She recalled their first meeting and said, "I was nervous, shaking. When I got into the visit hall I had to take a double look when I saw her. She looks completely different."
"In all honesty I never thought I’d see her again. I never thought she’d do what she did or that she’d ever be in my life again. We both just cried. I asked her, ‘Why?’ She apologized to me. It doesn’t make it right and doesn’t excuse anything but I wanted the apology. Part of the punishment is that she will never get to see me grow up or get married," Shianne shared.
"I can’t believe she did what she did. It makes me want to cry. She’s hurt those people and I can’t ever forgive her for that. She should spend the rest of her life in jail thinking about the misery she’s caused. In a way, she’s completely ruined my life. I have this family name associated with the fact she’s taken lives. I can’t get my head around it. I think she should explain why she did what she did. Those families deserve peace of mind in their lives," Shianne revealed.
Dennehy's crimes made sure that she became only the third woman in the UK to have been given a whole life sentence for her crimes. The other two were Myra Hindley and Rosemary West.
"When Myra Hindley was arrested they never found where the bodies were because she never gave anything up. In a way, because my mum hasn’t said anything, or given an explanation, those families will never understand. They are in the dark. Like me, they should have a reason why," Shianne continued.