Row over lesbian vampire killer release

Queensland’s Corrective Services department has rejected reports a woman known as the vampire killer for her role in a brutal Brisbane murder has been approved for parole or graduated release.

Tracey Wigginton, 42, and three other women were convicted of stabbing Brisbane council worker Edward Baldock 27 times in 1989.

Wigginton was sentenced to life for the crime.

She and three other women, one her lesbian lover, lured Baldock, 47, a father of five, into their car after he had been out drinking.

They then drove to Orleigh Park, alongside the Brisbane River, where Wigginton stabbed him 27 times and drank his blood.

They were quickly caught when detectives found an ATM card belonging to Wigginton in one of his shoes.

One of Wigginton’s co-accused said the self-proclaimed vampire had drunk his blood because of her “need to feed”.

Wigginton received a life sentence for the murder, but The Australian newspaper today reported she had received approval from Queensland’s parole board for a graduated release from a high security prison.

The newspaper reported that under the resettlement leave program, Wigginton would be given a maximum of 12 hours leave every two months for six months.

A Corrective Services spokesman was quoted in the newspaper as saying Wigginton’s parole application was refused by the parole board, but she had been been approved for the resettlement leave program.

But a spokeswoman for Queensland Corrective Services said today that the article was wrong.

“The prisoner has not been approved for parole or graduated release,” the spokeswoman said.

Wigginton was not being allowed out for even 12 hours every two months, she said.

The convicted murderer was first eligible for parole in 2002, but Corrective Services last year said Wigginton still had social and anger issues.

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