(born 1965) is an Australian murderer who achieved notoriety for
killing a man in 1989, supposedly in order to drink his blood.
Wigginton was the only one of the four
co-accused who pleaded guilty to the charge of murder. Therefore,
there was no trial and few details were disclosed to the court as
to why this incident occurred. Her then-girlfriend, Lisa
Ptachinski, and two other women fuelled rumours about Wigginton
having vampiric tendencies, stating that the reason for the murder
was to enable the drinking of the man's blood.
On the night of the murder, Wigginton,
Ptaschinski and two other women lured 47-year-old Edward Baldock
to a park on the banks of the Brisbane River. There, Wigginton
stabbed him 27 times, nearly severing his head.
In 1991, she was sentenced to life imprisonment
by the Supreme Court of Queensland with a minimum of 13 years. In
2006 she assaulted a fellow inmate and a prison guard.
She made four unsuccessful parole applications
until 2011 when the parole board granted her application.
The case still commands strong media interest
and public reaction. In April 2008 it has been reported that Lisa
Ptaschinski, one of the other killers, will be released from
prison after nearly 20 years. Under the resettlement leave
program, Ptaschinski will be given a maximum of 12 hours leave
every two months for six months.
However, it was later reported that the earlier
reports of possible release were false.
Wigginton was released from prison on January
11, 2012 after a successful parole bid.
Tracey Wigginton – The
Lesbian Vampire Killer
On the evening of October 20, 1989 a
middle-aged council worker, Edward Baldock 47, was on his way home
from drinking with his mates, when he was approached by a vehicle
with 4 women inside, Tracey Wigginton and lesbian lover Lisa
Ptaschinski along with 2 female friends, Kim Jervis and Tracey
Waugh. Taking advantage of the state of his intoxication, one of
the women, lured him into their car.
They proceeded to drive to a park on the
Brisbane River near the South Brisbane Sailing Club at West End.
It was at this location one of the women namely Tracey Wigginton,
enticed the man from the vehicle with the promise of sexual
favors. Instead what followed was a gruesome attack that left the
man with so many stab wounds to the back and chest, he was
virtually decapitated. The crime was not over until Wigginton
drank his blood. His body was discovered early next morning by
members of the public. Found in one of the victims shoes was a
cash card bearing the name of Tracey Wigginton. This led to the
early arrest of all four women.
During the trial, Tracey Wigginton, a self
confessed female vampire, told the jury she did not live on solid
food but that of pigs and cows blood which she obtained from the
local butcher. On quite a number of occasions Wiggintons lover
Lisa Ptaschinski said she would slit her wrists so that Wigginton
could drink her blood. Based on her obsession for human blood, all
4 women schemed up a plan to kill an innocent victim in order for
Tracey Wigginton to have her craving of blood satisfied.
It was this information elicited by police as
well as their confessions in the interest of the occult and
vampires which led to this homocide being referred to as “The
Tracey Wigginton and lover Lisa Ptaschinski
were both sentenced to life imprisonment. The other 2 women
involved Kim Jervis was sentenced to 18 years jail for
manslaughter later reduced to 12 years, and Tracey Waugh was
acquitted after her defence barrister argued she had played no
active role in the murder and had tried to stop Jervis from taking
Tracey Wigginton was released from the
low-security Numinbah prison farm at 6.30am on Tuesday 11th
January 2012. According to a spokesman for the Department of
Corrective Services, she was then taken to private accomadation.
Conditions of her parole, is that she make no
contact with any of her co-offenders or the victim’s family. She
is also prohibited in any way of making financial gain by selling
her story to any media organisations.
Vampire killer Tracey Wigginton 'felt
nothing' during murder, confession reveals
By Anne-Louise Brown - Gold
January 20, 2012
FOR the first
time, the brutal details of how lesbian vampire killer, Tracey
Wigginton, hunted and methodically slayed a Brisbane father have
The Gold Coast Bulletin has obtained
Wigginton's official police interview, in which Wigginton, then
23, confessed to killing Edward Baldock on a Brisbane riverbank on
October 21, 1989.
After serving 22 years for the murder,
Wigginton, now 46, was released from prison on January 11. She is
living in Southport.
On the night of the murder Wigginton and three
friends, including her lesbian lover, lured the drunk Mr Baldock,
47, into their car at Kangaroo Point with the promise of sex.
Days before they had hatched a sinister plan to
kill a man so Wigginton, a "vampire" who had been living on animal
blood, could "feed".
Mr Baldock's naked body was found in West End's
Orleigh Park the next morning, his head almost decapitated. He had
been stabbed 27 times.
In the chilling interview, Wigginton said she
"felt nothing" as she stabbed Mr Baldock and sat smoking a
cigarette as she watched him die.
"I walked around behind him , I took my knife
out of my back pocket, he asked me what I was doing, I said
nothing and stabbed him," Wigginton told detectives.
"He went up to grab my hand. I pushed his hand
down, withdrew the knife, and stabbed him in the side of the neck,
I stabbed him in the other side of the neck, and I continuously
"I then grabbed him by the hair on his head and
pulled back, stabbed him in the front of the throat and at that
stage he was still alive.''
After watching Mr Baldock die, Wigginton said
she went down to the nearby Brisbane River to wash her knife,
hands and arms.
Wigginton said as he was driven to his death
with Prince's Batdance blaring on the stereo, Mr Baldock held her
hand. She "presumed he was lonely".
The confession was never released because
Wigginton entered a guilty plea to the murder. As a result, few
details of the crime were revealed during her 1991 sentencing,
which lasted just nine minutes.
Wigginton has since denied allegations of
vampirism and expressed remorse for the murder.
However, she had shown the propensity to lie.
In her first interview with police Wigginton
said: "I couldn't kill a person. I can't even kill chooks."
Pat Glancy, who fronted the investigation into
Wigginton's brutal 1989 murder of Brisbane father Edward Baldock,
said the vampire killer showed no remorse for the murder.
"The only thing she was sorry about was that
she got caught," he said.
Mr Glancy, 71, is not convinced the community
is safe from her.
"She's no fool. To be honest, I'm not convinced
she's as sick as she makes out and I don't agree with her
release," he said. "Put it this way -- I wouldn't want her living
next to me."
"Lesbian vampire killer" Tracey Wigginton
released after 20 years in Australian jail
January 11, 2012
One of Australia's most notorious murderers, "lesbian vampire
killer" Tracey Wigginton, has been released after 20 years behinds
Wigginton was dubbed "lesbian vampire
killer" owing to the bizarre and brutal nature of the crime.
Wigginton, 26 at the time, and three other
women, including her then-lover, randomly chose a victim — Edward
Baldock, 47, walking home in Brisbane after a night of drinking,
the Courier-Mail newspaper reported.
The women lured Baldock into a car near a dark
riverbank with the promise of sex, then stabbed him 27 times,
nearly severing his neck. After the murder, Wigginton drank his
The Daily Mail recounted that Wigginton told
jurors at her trial "that she did not live on solid food but drank
the blood of pigs and cows which she obtained from her local
Her lesbian lover at the time, Lisa
Ptaschinski, "told the court that she would slit her own wrists so
that Wigginton could drink her blood."
Ptaschiski also received a life term; one of
the other women was sentenced to 18 years jail for manslaughter
and the fourth woman was acquitted after a court said had not
Concerns were raised about Wigginton's release
from her past prosecutor and relatives of the victim.
According to News.com.au, Wigginton was
confined to a more secure jail five years ago after a prison
Despite this, she will not be electronically
monitored once she is back in society. However, under the
conditions of her release she is not allowed to contact her
co-offenders or the victim's family, nor can she sell her story to
media organizations or profit from her crime in any way.
Soon-to-be-released lesbian vampire killer
Tracey Wigginton still dangerous - claims
Tuck Thompson - CourierMail.co.au
THE man who prosecuted "lesbian
vampire killer" Tracey Wigginton says she remains dangerous, a
fear shared by Wigginton's own half-sister and relatives of victim
Wigginton, who nearly decapitated the father of
five in a frenzied knife attack before drinking his blood, will be
paroled in a matter of weeks despite a prison altercation five
years ago that returned her to a more secure prison.
Retired crown prosecutor Adrian Gundelach said the 1989 slaying of
Baldock was one of the worst of the 50 murder cases he tackled in
two decades with the Department of Public Prosecutions.
"It was one of about 10 memorable, gruesome
murders I handled," he said. "The significant thing in this one
was she had control over three other people and talked them into
being part of it."
Wigginton, her lover Lisa Ptaschinski, and
another lesbian couple lured an inebriated Baldock into the back
of Wigginton's green Commodore at Kangaroo Point and drove him to
a riverside park in West End.
After undressing by a sailing club ramp,
Baldock was stabbed 27 times in the neck and back - opening a hole
the size of a "bread and butter plate", Mr Gundelach said. Then
Wigginton drank the dead stranger's blood to impress her
"She just got in her head she was a vampire.
She had a need for drinking human blood and she needed to find a
victim," Mr Gundelach said.
The case wasn't difficult to prosecute, he
said, because Wigginton's ATM card was found in Baldock's shoe. It
dropped when Wigginton removed her shirt in a fake attempt to
seduce Baldock before getting the knife. In the darkness, Baldock
probably believed the card was his, and tucked it away in his
final moments of life.
Mr Gundelach said society must trust that the
parole board made the right decision to release Wigginton and
acknowledged it was very rare for paroled murderers to strike
But there is no guarantee. "These sorts of
people do not change," he said. "It's a big risk to take. These
people can be very cunning at times."
Last year, Wigginton's half-sister Alli Hopkins
said she didn't want Wigginton released from prison because she
was afraid for her family and recalled Wigginton's bizarre cruelty
Wigginton claims to have received forgiveness
from Baldock's family but the victim's niece told The Courier-Mail
she wants the killer kept behind bars.
That won't happen. There is no appeal to parole
Supporters - like solicitor Debbie Kilroy of
Sisters Inside - say Wigginton is now reformed. A former lawyer
said the killer's health is not good enough to make her a threat
after 21 years behind bars.
A parole board assessment stated (Wigginton's)
"risk for future acts of serious violence are in the low range.
However, in times of distress she may be vulnerable to impulsive
acts of aggression."
Mr Gundelach, who also prosecuted Valmae Fay
Beck for the savage sex murder of 12-year-old Sian Kingi, said
even his courtroom experience can't get him inside the motives and
mind of a killer.
"There's no set pattern. You have to have a
crystal ball. Psychiatrists and psychologists can't even get it
right," he said.
Wigginton, who claimed she was abused as a
child and teen, said she killed out of internal rage. But Mr
Gundelach said many other people had suffered equal and worse
abuse and did not become killers.
Mr Gundelach is not concerned about his own
safety - he doubts Wigginton would even recognise him today.
Nor is he concerned with the previous release
of two of Wigginton's jailed cohorts - Ptaschinski and Kim Jervis,
since he said they were "sheep" led by Wigginton.
The public needed to understand, however, that
life in prison is not really life and prisoners qualify for parole
after about 15 years, he said.
Mr Gundelach has been amazed by the worldwide
interest in the case. Six months ago he was was interviewed by
British journalists profiling only two Australian murders - the
Wigginton case and the Falconio random tourist murder in the
The former prosecutor said the case has
inspired him to speak in high schools about the risks of young
people being lured into crime and thinking were not responsible
because they went along for the ride.
"A lot of kids don't know. If they fall in with
the wrong sort of people they can end up being involved in their
crimes," he said.
Lesbian vampire Tracey Wiggington's claims
she's forgiven disputed by victim Edward Baldock's relative
By Josh Robertson - CourierMail.com
NOTORIOUS "lesbian vampire
killer" Tracey Wigginton will probably never be forgiven by the
family of the man she killed 22 years ago, the victim's niece
Tanya Jackson, who was 14 when her uncle Edward
Baldock was killed in a macabre plot tinged with alleged blood
drinking and occult motives, yesterday disputed Wigginton's claims
she met and was forgiven by two of his relatives.
The family, still haunted by the father-of-five's murder,
uniformly opposed Wigginton's release after 21 years in jail, Ms
"For my uncle and for my family, it's a life
sentence. We live with it every day," she said.
"And life sentence to me is life sentence -
it's not 16 years or even 21 years. It's forever.
"She took somebody's life. I don't believe that
she has a place in society."
Wigginton, now 46, whose fourth bid for release
since 2002 was approved this month by the Parole Board, told
psychologists in 2008 and 2009 that she had been "forgiven" in
jailhouse encounters with Baldock's cousin, and his niece who was
allegedly a Corrective Services officer.
The Courier-Mail understands a Brisbane Women's
Correctional Centre staffer has claimed in the past to be
Baldock's niece, but the woman could not be reached yesterday.
Ms Jackson, who has studied her family tree,
said she did not know the woman or of any encounters between
Wigginton and her relatives.
"I know certainly none of us in his immediate
family have ever met with her or forgiven her. That will probably
never happen," she told The Courier-Mail.
"I couldn't imagine anyone in the immediate
family that would even do that."
Prolonged public attention around the case has
compounded the family's trauma and forced many of her relatives to
change their names, Ms Jackson said.
"The name being a bit unique, it sticks in
people's heads and they remember it for the wrong reasons," she
"Every time you think it's just calmed down,
the news finds a way of sensationalising it again and it brings it
all up for everybody over and over again.
"For me now, I have children of my own and it's
brought it into a whole new generation. It's not the way that they
want to know their great-uncle."
Ms Jackson, who enjoyed a "very, very close
relationship" with Baldock and his wife and children, said his
murder had a chilling effect on her world view.
"It alters everything that you perceive life to
be," she said.
"It's certainly made me more wary of people,
less trusting of people, and I've probably imparted that to my own
Queensland Attorney-General Paul Lucas' office
said on Wednesday it was seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal
Lesbian vampire killer Tracey Wigginton
claims family of victims have 'forgiven' her
By Josh Robertson
December 22, 2012
THE woman dubbed the "Lesbian
Vampire Killer" claims she has been forgiven by two of her
Tracey Wigginton, due for release on parole in
two weeks, has told psychologists that in her time behind bars she
met and was forgiven by two relatives of Edward Baldock, the man
she stabbed to death in a West End park in 1989.
One was Mr Baldock's niece, a Corrective
Services Officer whose forgiveness was almost "too much to take",
Wigginton told psychologist Ian Coyle in 2008.
The other was Mr Baldock's cousin, whom she
refused to name when pressed by psychologist Gavan Palk in 2009.
A Correctional Services spokesman was unable to
confirm yesterday that Mr Baldock's cousin was employed by the
Wigginton's claims of forgiveness from Mr
Baldock's family stand in contrast to a plea last year from her
half-sister Alli Hopkins that authorities never release the
killer, a "dangerous woman" with a "cruel streak".
Ms Hopkins said she would would write to the
independent Parole Board to oppose her release from the life
This week it emerged the board had approved
Wigginton's fourth bid for release since becoming eligible for
parole in 2002.
Former Australian rugby league star Joe Kilroy
and his wife Debbie - whom Wigginton described as "a personal and
close friend" - offered their Tingalpa home as accommodation for
Wigginton in her unsuccessful 2008 bail application.
A spokesman for Queensland Attorney-General
Paul Lucas said last night he was seeking legal advice on grounds
to appeal against the decision and the "likelihood of success of
such an action".
"Ordinarily, someone would receive about 16
years for murder. This person has served 21 years for this
horrendous crime," Mr Lucas said in a statement.
Wigginton, who allegedly drank the
father-of-four's blood after stabbing him 27 times, "became teary"
when asked about the meeting with the cousin, Mr Coyle reported.
"She told me that her victim's niece had
'forgiven her'," he wrote. "Unexpected as this was, the
forgiveness was almost 'too much to take'."
The following year she told Mr Palk that Mr
Baldock's cousin had told her that she had "forgiven her and
wanted to support her".
"When I asked the name of the cousin, Ms
Wigginton stated that this was confidential," Mr Palk wrote.
Behind bars, the high school dropout has
obtained a degree in philosophy and anthropology, and trade
tickets in driving bobcats, forklifts and welding.
She has also contracted hepatitis C from
injecting drugs, weighed up to 125kg and suffers chronic back and
knee pain which restrict her mobility.