Woman, 42, reveals ‘stalker’ hell after she was bombarded with ‘creepy’ messages from British man, 58, she met at speed-dating night… then finds out he served 38 years for MURDER
- He managed to get her telephone number after she rejected him at speed dating
- Caroline Anderson is worried Dempsey Hawkins will discover where she lives
- She only recognised his identity after reading a story about him in a newspaper
A teacher claims she was bombarded with ‘creepy’ messages from notorious teen murderer Dempsey Hawkins after rejecting him at a speed dating night.
Caroline Anderson, 42, attended a speed dating night in Cambridge, where she met Dempsey Hawkins.
After they had a conversation, the woman put a cross next to his name.
The murderer managed to get her mobile phone number and started sending her flirty messages on WhatsApp.
Caroline Anderson is worried he will find her address since he knows the area she lives in
The woman claims she ignored the messages, including one that read: ‘If you want to hang out with me in the middle of nowhere give me the green light.’
Single Caroline only realised his identity when she found a story about him in a newspaper and recognised his first name.
The 58-year-old British man was deported back to England after serving 38 years in a US jail for strangling his 14-year-old girlfriend before stunning her body in an oil drum.
Caroline claims she ignored the messages Dempsey Hawkins sent her after getting her telephone number, despite she rejected him at a speed dating night
The American woman said she is terrified he will discover her address so she currently sleeps with a baseball bat, a hockey stick and a kitchen knife next to her bed.
Caroline said: ‘I can’t take any chances.
‘He took my number without my knowledge. He knows I live in the area so it’s only a matter of time before he knows my address.
‘He shouldn’t be allowed to roam around.
‘I just got out of a long-term relationship so one of my good friends convinced me to go along to a speed dating night to boost my spirits.
‘When we arrived I noticed his presence because I thought he was in the military – it was just by the way he carried himself.
‘I could tell he was into me as he kept stating across the room even before.
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‘But then I noticed his eyes. They are the kind of eyes that look through you not at you!
‘They were piercing.
‘I didn’t even give him my number.
Caroline said she first noticed Hawkins near the front desk, next to a list of the daters’ name and phone numbers.
‘I saw him lingering by the reception desk for a good 15 minutes where we had all put down our details.
‘At the time I thought it was weird that he was there for so long but I didn’t call him up on it. I was there to have a good time.
The woman met Dempsey Hawkins at Hidden Rooms Cocktail and Lounge and Events Room
‘I wasn’t interested in him and I only knew him on first name terms so I didn’t do the standard Facebook stalking.
‘It wasn’t until I was flicking through the paper while I was having a coffee that I saw and the penny dropped.
‘I stopped what I was doing and raced home.
‘The next day I went to the police station and they said there was nothing they could do.
‘I feel completely helpless.’
The two met at Hidden Rooms Cocktail and Lounge and Events Room in September.
The morning after the speed dating event, she found the first of many texts Hawkins sent her
During the speed dating night, she had an ‘intense’ conversation with Hawkins but decided to put a cross next to his name.
She said: ‘I remember putting a cross on the scorecard as I just found him a bit intense and got a weird vibe.’
She claims that when the two-hour session was over, the man approached Caroline and asked her out for a drink, but she turned him down.
Single Caroline understood what Hawkins’ true identity was only after reading a story about him in a newspaper
The morning after, she found a text from him starting with ‘Sweet Caroline, really great to have met you last night’.
The lengthy message added: ‘Me as your friend will definitely enhance your life in ways that might surprise you […] I’ll be thinking about you. You know I will;).’
Screenshots of the conversation show how Hawkins sent the woman many unanswered messages over two weeks.
One message read: ‘You look prettier in each pic I see of you :p.’
Caroline added: ‘I see him on my commute to work and it fills me with fear.
‘Considering his past who can blame me?
‘He’s just casually walking through the town and works in a busy restaurant.. People need to know!
‘He needs to be deported.
‘I’m completely petrified.
During the speed dating night, Caroline had an ‘intense’ conversation with Hawkins, after which she decided to put a cross next to his name
‘I’ve had to move a lodger in otherwise I’d be a woman all by myself.
‘I sleep with a baseball bat and hockey stick by my bed and put the kitchen knives under my pillow.
‘If he can get my number from a night out it’s only a matter of time before he finds out where I live.’
In May 1976, London-born Hawkins, then aged 16, killed his girlfriend Susan Jacobson, 14, on Staten Island, New York.
They had been dating for about a year at the time of the attack, but according to reports she had been ordered to break up with him by her parents.
Dempsey moved to live with his father in Illinois and carried on with his high school education until he was arrested for another crime.
He did not confess the killing of Susan for 20 years, but during a phone interview from prison in 2011 he said: ‘It was a warm day.
The 42-year-old teacher said she is ‘completely petrified’ and feels ‘completely helpless’
‘With the arm of the shirt, I put it around her neck, as if to kiss her, and I just started squeezing it.
‘Her hands went up to the shirt and I just looked away and just kept squeezing the shirt.’
He finally admitted in a letter to Susan’s family: ‘I’m terribly sorry for what I’ve done, and I have been for a long time.’
It is understood Hawkins was released in January 2017 and came back to the UK after a campaign by a UK criminology expert.
He then found a job in a restaurant in Cambridge.
Mr Hawkins has not yet responded to a request for comment.
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