Dena Thompson

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Dena Thompson is a former confidence trickster [1] and bigamist.[2] She habitually met men through lonely hearts columns and stole their money.[3] She is currently in prison for murdering former BT Manager Julian Webb. She was acquitted for murdering Robert Thompson and is suspected of murdering her ex boyfriend. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison at the age of 43. She was also convicted of stealing from and defrauding her former lovers. Following her conviction Detective Chief Inspector Martyn Underhill, stated: "This woman is every man's nightmare, the most dangerous woman I have ever met. For a decade, she has targeted men sexually, financially and physically. The men of Britain can sleep safe tonight knowing she has been taken off the streets."[4] A judge described her as: 'one of the most fluent liars I have come across.'[5]

Lee Wyatt

Thompson married Wyatt in the 1990s. She convinced Wyatt that he had received £50 million for a toy he had patented and was wanted by the mafia. He was forced to live homeless for years in order to escape the mafia.[6] The defence described Wyatt as a 'fantasist'.[7] Thompson later claimed in court that Wyatt had assualted her, their son and her mother. She made allegiations also of sexual assualt.[7] She had previously secured an injuction against him.[8] No charges were brought against her, concerning Wyatt.

Julian Webb

Thompson's bigamously marred Julian Webb in 1991.[9] She murdered him on his 31st birthday in June 1994 by poisoning a curry. Webb had a penchant for very hot curry and it is speculated that this would have masked the taste of the anti-depressants.[10] He died of an overdose of anti-depressants and paracetemol. The inquest recorded an open verdict. Thompson unsucessfuly attempted to have his body cremated.[11] She tried also to collect money amounting to £35,000, which would be released from his pension plan, in the event of his death [9] but Webb's mother was able to establish that Thompson was not his next of kin, as she was still married to her first husband.[12]

Following Thompson's trial for attempting to murder Robert Thompson, Wyatt's body was exhumed.[13]

Julian Webb's mother, later testified that was unhappy with her son, marrying a woman who was already married, and whom he had known for only three months.[14]

Robert Thompson

Thompson married Robert Thompson in 1998.[15]

Dena Thompson attempted to kill her bound and gagged husband with a baseball bat. She claimed that he had attacked her following the revelation that she'd defrauded him and had retaliated in self defence.[13][16]

She was acquitted of attempting to murder him, but was sentenced on 15 counts of fraud, for 3 years and nine months in prison.

Following the acquittal for attempting to murder her husband, the police announced they would be exhuming Webb's body.

Robert Thompson later described Dena as 'pure evil'. [17]


In 2007, she was sentenced to a minimum of sixteen years in prison.[13] Following her convicted it was reported, that Thompson was being investigated about the disappearance of Stoyan Kostov.[18][19]


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  2. "Bigamist tells of first husband's abuse (From The Argus)". Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  3. "Deadly Women: Insatiable Greed". YouTube. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  4. "UK | England | 'Curry killing' wife jailed". BBC News. 15 December 2003. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  5. "Dena Thompson, The Black Widow by Guy Toyn". Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  6. "UK | England | Accused wife 'spun web of lies'". BBC News. 20 November 2003. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Jury told of witness's 'fantasy life' (From The Argus)". 21 November 2003. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  8. Pook, Sally (12 November 2003). "Bigamous wife 'killed husband by poisoning his curry'". Telegraph. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Husband 'killed by curry treat' (From The Argus)". Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  10. "Black Widow gets life for poison curry murder. - Free Online Library". 16 December 2003. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  11. "UK | England | Favourite curry hid wife's poison". BBC News. 15 December 2003. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  12. Rosie Cowan, crime correspondent. "'Black widow' jailed for life for killing husband | UK news". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "UK | England | Curry killer must serve 16 years". BBC News. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  14. "UK | England | Overdose victim 'warned about wife'". BBC News. 13 November 2003. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  15. "Black Widow: Inside the mind of a predator (From The Argus)". Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  16. "Bondage case wife is jailed (From The Argus)". Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  17. "'I hope she just rots in prison'. - Free Online Library". 16 December 2003. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  18. This is Cornwall (15 March 2010). "'Black Widow' | poisoned curry | Dena Thompson | Julian Webb| Cullompton, Devon | Stoyan Kostov missing | Western Morning News". West Briton. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  19. This is Exeter (15 March 2010). "Hunt is on for another possible victim of the 'Black Widow'". Exeter Express and Echo. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 

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