England · Female Killers

Woman kills fiancé after argument

December 1, 1996
Alvechurch, Worcestershire, England
Tracie Andrews gets into an argument with her fiancé, stabs him 42 times with a pen knife, bruises her own face, and tells police a “fat man with staring eyes” was responsible for the murder due to road rage

Andrews (pictured showcasing her self-inflicted bruises as proof of an attack) and her fiancé, Lee Raymond Harvey (25), argued while driving home from a pub. During the argument, Harvey pulled the car over to the side of the road and Andrews stabbed him 42 times. She then gave herself superficial injuries to mislead police and fabricated a story in which a “fat man with staring eyes” played a game of cat-and-mouse with the couple, chasing them through the winding roads before stabbing Harvey to death and wounding Andrews.

In 1999, Andrews confessed that she had murdered Harvey, but claimed it was in self-defense. However, the court was unsympathetic to this possibility as Harvey had also been stabbed in the back, decreasing the likelihood that the killing was in self-defense.

Andrews was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. However, in England, a convicted criminal sentenced to life may be released after serving 14 years. Andrews was released in 2012 and is currently living under a new name.

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