Our thanks to a number of people for pointing us to this. How can it be that this evil woman isn’t spending the rest of her days in prison? A man who’d committed the same crimes against women – including murder – certainly would be. An extract from the BBC piece:
Strategos says he knew very little about Shepard when they first met and was unaware of her previous crimes, including her 1992 conviction for killing her second husband, Gordon Stewart.
Journalist Barb McKenna met Shepard soon after she was released from prison for that offence, in 1994. Shepard had served two years of a six-year manslaughter sentence for drugging Stewart and running him over twice in a car. Shepard’s defence was that Stewart had been trying to rape her at the time.
‘Shepard’s defence was that Stewart had been raping her at the time’ – ‘the time’ being when she drugged him and ran him over twice in a car. Yes, that sounds like a perfectly credible defence. And she spent just two years in prison for killing her husband. Men’s lives are cheap.