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‘Lesbian vampire killer’ in low risk jail

AAP, Australia
Sep. 9, 2003 • Saturday September 13, 2003

Austalia’s only known vampire killer has been transferred to a minimum security jail.

Tracey Wigginton made world headlines after revelations that in 1989 she stabbed a Brisbane road worker 27 times and then allegedly drank his blood.

She was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1991.

Wigginton, known as the “lesbian vampire killer”, has spent more than a decade in the secure Brisbane Women’s Prison.

But in June she was transferred to the open custody Numinbah Correction Centre in the Gold Coast hinterland.

The move has outraged Queensland Victims of Crimes Association chief executive Chris Murphy, who claimed the Queensland government had failed in its duty of care.

“Given her history, the violence of the crime, and the court’s findings that she was a thrill killer, I can’t understand it,” Mr Murphy said.

“There is a school nearby … and with these types of minimum security prisons if she chooses to abscond she pretty much can.

“I think the whole community, even the whole of Australia should be concerned.”peWigginton has been eligible to apply for parole for the past 12 months, but not has done so.

It is believed the move to the new prison would allow her to be monitored to ensure her suitability for parole and to prepare her for eventual release.

A spokesman for Corrective Services Minister Tony McGrady said Wigginton remained a prisoner.

“The prisoner is still in the correction system, she’s not been released and she remains under close supervision,” he said.

Queensland’s truth in sentencing laws were not in place when Wigginton was sentenced for the murder.

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