You can tell a lot about a person by the way they carry themselves in public. True, most people do their best to put on a very deliberately-prepared public face. Yet, if you look closely, study the subtle flashes of their true self beneath the surface, you can always tell it’s just a facade.
Those who knew Tracie the barmaid, had a very specific impression of the type of person she was. She was the type who always wore her emotions on her sleeve. So when tragedy struck, everyone assumed that the emotion she displayed was genuine…
A Model Barmaid
Tracie had big dreams. Though she wasn’t what one would consider a “conventional beauty”, the strong-jawed and buxom blonde was still the type of barmaid who drew all the gentlemen’s gaze. Perhaps it was also the fact that the glamorous single mother also had a pretty vivacious personality.
Loving a Barfly
It was that vivacious personality that eventually caught the attention of local barfly, Lee Harvey. Lee, like Tracie, was in his late 20’s and trying his best to navigate his way through the myriad disappointments that his life in the small town of Alvechurch, Worcestershire, had thrown his way. Still, in Tracie, it seemed he had at last found someone he truly wanted to be better for…
Tracie and Lee had been together for a few years and though they’d obviously had their ups and down relationship-wise, it seemed high time to make things official. They had already been living together, but now they were engaged to be married. Before they could tie the knot, however, tragedy struck.
The night of Lee’s death had started out like any other, the two had left the pub and were on their way home when a Ford Sierra began to follow them. Apparently the owners of the Sierra had taken umbrage with the way Lee was driving and came up to the passenger side of their vehicle to force them off the road…
A car chase ensued until finally, the couple pulled over. The road rage attack that followed was like something out of a movie. After stopping the car, a “fat man with staring eyes” emerged from the Sierra and made his way angrily over to Lee and Tracie’s car, knife in hand. He then lunged at Lee and began to stab him over and over in the chest.
Left for Dead
After nearly butchering her fiance, the man proceeded to punch Tracie in the face, calling her a”slut” before getting back into the passenger seat of the Sierra and driving off into the night. Tracie tried her best to staunch the bleeding, but by the time police arrived, Lee was dead.
In a press conference the next day, Tracie Andrews came forward to give her haunting account of the brutal attack. She held the hand of the woman who would have been her mother-in-law and begged for the public’s help. It was nearly Christmas and the gruesome tale turned out to be engrossing enough to gain nationwide interest.
Over the next two weeks, police began carrying out a thorough investigation into the terrible attack that claimed the life of Lee Harvey. They were determined to track down his murderer. Before they could however, they received word that Tracie Andrews had been admitted to the hospital. She had tried to commit suicide…
Tracie had tried to kill herself by overdosing and was in the hospital for two full days before officers decided they couldn’t wait any longer. They wanted to talk to her about her account of the night Lee died. You see, they had uncovered some rather unsettling information about the grieving fiance.
One Cross Lady
The fact was, Tracie Andrews was far from the sweet, single mother with modeling dreams. She was violent, ill-tempered and had once bitten Lee while the two argued in a local pub. She was even once seen hitting her beloved fiance over the head with a bottle and punched him twice in the face. It was clear she had a history of violence…
Tracie’s Ex, Andrew Tilston, who was the biological dad of her daughter, came forward soon after the press conference. He told the cops that she had threatened him with a knife. Tracie and Lee’s relationship was not what it seemed. The two were prone to fighting and her volatile temper, and jealous attitude made things even worse.
The grieving fiance and part-time model had played her part well. Her crocodile tears had fooled the world into believing that she actually cared that Lee Harvey was dead. The truth of the matter however, was that she was glad he was gone. After all, she had planned for him to be…
The Real Story
It was not a crazed road rager who had murdered Lee Harvey, but Tracie Andrews herself. She had stabbed him 42 times with a pen knife after the two had become embroiled in yet another of their countless rowes. He stopped the car and she attacked, slashing him in his throat with her last desperate stroke.
Left to Die
In the frenzy of her anger, Tracie had slashed Lee’s throat. Rather than try and save him, she pushed him out of the car and allowed him to bleed to death on that dark country lane. Then, she lied about it in public, to the police, and to all her friends and family. She might have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for some rather clumsy mistakes…
Most of the mistakes the police noted were made during Tracie’s initial press conference. Her body language indicated that she was plainly lying the whole time, or at least it would be plain to someone like body language expert Cliff Lansley. First, she said, “I just tried to stop the bleeding really.” but using the word “really” was a clear sign she hadn’t done that at all.
Other signs of her guilt pointed to her: slightly shrugging her shoulders, dropping the volume of her voice, swallowing hard, pausing at random points, and then raising the pitch of her voice again. She came off as a woman that, to the rest of the world, was battered, broken and in a terrible state, but it was all a complete fabrication…
Tracie Andrews was arrested just minutes after being discharged from the hospital on December 19, 1996. She was charged with the murder of Lee Harvey but managed to make bail. Her case didn’t go to trial until summer of the next year, but she was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment, with parole available only after 14 years served.
Miscarriage of Justice
Andrews of course appealed the sentence, on the grounds that she was a “victim of a miscarriage of justice” because of damaging publicity surrounding her case. The appeal was denied and finally, in April 1999, she admitted publicly that she had stabbed Lee Harvey to death, though she said it was in self-defense. Then, 14 years later, she was released…
Tracie Andrews served her requisite 14 years before being released from prison in July 2011. She was summarily banned from travelling within 25 miles of her victim’s family without supervision. She moved away after prison, to a southern coastal town, and tried to start a new life.
She was given a new identity and had her name changed to Jenna Stephens. She dyed her blonde hair black after prison and even underwent a submandibular osteotomy operation to correct her bottom jaw from protruding further than her top jaw. She soon met local bouncer Phil Goldsworthy, to whom she will soon be married.