"Black Widow Killer" Who Murdered Husband With Poisoned Curry Released From Jail After 19 Years

Dena Thompson, known as the "Black Widow Killer" after she murdered her husband by poisoning his curry on his birthday in 1994, has been released from prison after serving 19 years.

Dena Thompson, 61, has been released from prison after serving 19 years
Dena Thompson, 61, has been released from prison after serving 19 years

Convicted killer Dena Thompson, now 61, is free after serving 19 years behind bars, following a decision by the Parole Board to release her. Thompson was handed a life sentence in 2003 after being convicted of murdering her second husband, Julian Webb, on his 31st birthday in June 1994, at their home in Yapton, Sussex.

Thompson, of Cullompton, Devon, had a long history of conning men out of money, and was described by police as a "dangerous woman" and "every man's nightmare".



Authorities said that Thompson had spent over a decade targeting men "sexually, financially, and physically".

The Black Widow Killer poisoned her husband's favourite meal and spiked his drinks with ground aspirin, but claimed he had committed suicide.


Her crimes only came to light seven years after the killing, when Mr Webb's body was exhumed from a family burial plot in Hayling Island, Hampshire, and new tests revealed a higher level of drugs in his body than first thought.


Dena Thompson pictured with her murdered husband, Julian Webb
Dena Thompson pictured with her murdered husband, Julian Webb

In 2000, a jury cleared Thompson of attempting to kill her third husband, Richard Thompson, during a bondage sex session.


Thompson married Julian Webb bigamously in 1991, while she was still married to Lee Wyatt, her first husband, who told the court how she had made false accusations against him, made him take the blame for her frauds, and made him go on the run with her.


After Mr Webb died, Thomson eventually divorced Mr Wyatt, and then married Mr Thompson.


They later divorced after she allegedly attacked him with a knife and a baseball bat.



In a document that was prepared by the Parole Board setting out their decision to release Thompson, they said: "After considering the circumstances of her offending, the progress made while in custody, and the other evidence presented at the hearing, the panel was satisfied that Ms Thompson was suitable for release once suitable accommodation became available in early June 2022."


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