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Tracey Avril WIGGINTON






A.K.A.: "The Lesbian Vampire Killer"
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Killed a man supposedly in order to drink his blood
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: October 20, 1989
Date of arrest: Next day
Date of birth: 1965
Victim profile: Edward Baldock, 47
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife (27 times)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Status: Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 13 years in 1991. Released from prison on January 11, 2012 after a successful parole bid
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Tracey Wigginton (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 Vampire Murder”.

The Verdict

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 part.


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 Coast Bulletin

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 been revealed.

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 stabbed him.

"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 bars.

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 blood.

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 butcher."

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 taken part.

Concerns were raised about Wigginton's release from her past prosecutor and relatives of the victim.

According to, Wigginton was confined to a more secure jail  five years ago after a prison altercation.

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

By Tuck Thompson -

December 24, 2011

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 Edward Baldock.

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 black-clad cohorts.

"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 again.

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 from childhood.

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 board decisions.

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 Northern Territory.

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 -

December 23, 2011

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 says.

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 Jackson said.

"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 said.

"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 children."

Queensland Attorney-General Paul Lucas' office said on Wednesday it was seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal Wigginton's release.


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 victim's relatives.

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 department.

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 prison sentence.

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.



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