Smirk­ing face of a wife killer

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JOE THOMAS joe.thomas@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Visiter

CHILL­ING TV footage has shown the mo­ment no­to­ri­ous South­port mur­derer Mitchell Quy smirks and tells TV cam­eras to ‘wait and find out’ if he has killed his wife.

Quy stran­gled his wife Lynsey to death in 1998, be­fore mu­ti­lat­ing the body of the mother of their chil­dren and hid­ing parts around South­port.

He was so con­fi­dent he could get away with her bru­tal ex­e­cu­tion he al­lowed doc­u­men­tary mak­ers to cap­ture his life as he played the dot­ing hus­band, des­per­ately seek­ing any news about the mother of his two chil­dren.

But as the twisted killer ped­dled his lies on TV he was hid­ing the sick truth.

In a new doc­u­men­tary, which was aired on Fri­day, In­ves­ti­ga­tion Dis­cov­ery looked into Quy’s re­peated TV ap­pear­ances.

Us­ing ex­perts to an­a­lyse his per­for­mances, the show re­vealed the tell-tale signs the for­mer casino croupier was ly­ing.

Be­havioural sci­en­tist Cliff Lans­ley, lin­guis­tics pro­fes­sor Dawn Archer and foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist Kerry Daynes ex­plain how Quy played games with de­tec­tives and sneered at his in­ter­view­ers as he with­held the truth.

In a sin­is­ter clip, taken from a doc­u­men­tary filmed as Quy main­tained his de­cep­tion, the mur­derer re­sponds to ques­tions over whether he killed Lynsey.

He said: “I’m not go­ing to an­swer that. I’m not go­ing to an­swer that question be­cause I don’t need to.”

He then brands the question “stupid” be­fore the jour­nal­ist again asks Quy if he was re­spon­si­ble, adding “It’s not a stupid question, it’s a very se­ri­ous question.”

Quy sim­ply replies: “Wait and find out. Wait and find out.”

The film was cap­tured as Quy tor­mented the po­lice and the pub­lic for 18 months as he invited the press into his Birkdale home and ap­pealed for mum-of-two Lynsey to re­turn af­ter she went miss­ing over Christmas 1998.

In re­al­ity the sadis­tic killer had stran­gled her and - with the help of his brother El­liot - hid her re­mains around South­port.

He was even­tu­ally brought to jus­tice and jailed for a min­i­mum of 17 years while El­liot was given a seven-year term for help­ing dis­pose of the body.

The doc­u­men­tary also saw De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Ge­off Sloan ex­plain how he al­ways be­lieved Quy was guilty.

He said: “It was a pre­med­i­tated mur­der; he in­tended to kill Lynsey and the way he went about dis­pos­ing of her body was a cal­lous and I just think cowardly way of com­mit­ting such a grue­some act and I be­lieve that life should mean life for him.”

Mitchell Quy is set to face a pa­role board hear­ing to dis­cuss whether he can be re­leased in April.

More than 6,000 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for him to be kept be­hind bars.

Fak­ing It: Tears of a Crime aires to­mor­row (Fri­day) on In­ves­ti­ga­tion Dis­cov­ery UK (Sky chan­nel 552, Vir­gin Me­dia chan­nel 170).

Mur­derer Mitchell Quy smirks at the cam­eras, above, and in­set right, pic­tured with his wife and vic­tim, Lynsey

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