“I LOVE YOU, DON’T SAY YOU’LL KILL ME”
Emily left a heartbreaking note for her violent, spoiled brat of a playboy boyfriend before he killed her
Beautiful Emily Longley was slipping from Elliot Turner’s grasp and he felt powerless to stop her leaving him, so the spoilt mummy’s boy
threw a deadly tantrum to stop anyone else from having her
The area of Queen’s Park in England’s seaside town of Bournemouth is an affluent neighbourhood, with homes worth close to £ 1 million. Conversely, the once- pastel yellow bungalow belonging to the Turner family nestled in Queenswood Avenue is rather modest in comparison. But during the first week of May 2011, the cosy home fell under intense scrutiny for more than just its value when the body of a beautiful female New Zealand student was discovered inside the bedroom of 19- year- old Elliot. The dead girl was his ex- girlfriend, 17- year- old Emily Longley.
Initially, her death looked like a tragic accident, but as paramedics, police and forensic experts scratched beneath the surface, they grew ever- more certain that the pampered boy, with a history of drug and alcohol abuse and a reputation as a chauvinistic show- off, had snapped and killed Emily.
His parents, most notably his mother Anita, launched an intense series of campaigns to insist on his innocence. But behind closed doors they were prepared to help him get away with murder. While suspicions mounted against Turner, there was no tangible evidence that would deliver justice for Emily and her devastated friends and family. The police had no option but to go to extremes to catch her killer.
Born in London in February 1992, Emily had emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand at the age of ten with her journalist father Mark, neonatal nurse mother Caroline and younger sister Hannah. Three years later Emily was told that her parents were separating. Divorce for a child of any age is particularly difficult, but just coming into her teenage years, Emily found ways to express her devastation: she began “ticking off every teenage rebellion” her father Mark Longley told Channel Five documentary Mummy’s Little Murderer. Caroline, however, told journalists at British newspaper The Times that Emily wasn’t an angry teenager but one that wanted to push the boundaries. She also recalled her daughter’s thirst for life and the fun things it had to offer.
After visiting Bournemouth over Christmas in 2009, it was agreed that Emily would move to the seaside town in 2010 to stay with her paternal grandparents. She had applied to study for a business national diploma at the well- established Brockenhurst College in the neighbouring county of Hampshire and had been accepted. Photographs taken of the gorgeous blonde girl, who also aspired to be a model, show her smiling and grinning. She radiates an amiable personality, a sentiment echoed by all who knew her. While she was studying she was given a job at fashion retailer Topshop. The store was a few metres from the jewellery shop that Turner’s father owned and Turner sometimes worked in. It was just three months after she began college that Emily met Turner on a double- date with another friend.
A spoilt ‘ mummy’s boy’, Turner was born in Birmingham on 25 May 1991. The wealth he boasted about as a teenager was derived from his grandfather Gerard Broadway,
who owns the Birmingham- based jewellers Broadway Silversmiths – one of the country’s oldest silver retailers. Turner moved with his parents to the south of England in 2000, where he was enrolled in a £ 12,000- a- year private school. By the age of 16, Turner was already displaying abusive personality traits – he was issued a harassment warning letter by Dorset Police in January 2008 after he bombarded an ex- girlfriend with calls and texts. One friend later told the courts that Turner had expressed a desire to smother an ex- girlfriend with a pillow.
Despite his bullish persona, his parents felt he could do no wrong and pampered him beyond belief. The family matriarch, Indonesian native Anita, was a reputable pharmaceutical sales rep, and her husband Leigh ran his father’s jeweller’s shop in the town centre. They also owned a home in East Cliff, a stunning area only a stone’s throw from the famous yellow sands of Bournemouth beach, which Elliot used to throw wild parties with his friends. When Turner crashed his first car at the age of 17, they gifted their son with a brand new black Mini Cooper. At 19, he attended Southampton Solent University but dropped out after only a few weeks. Most young people who make such choices would normally be expected to get a job and support themselves, but for Turner work was a laborious chore, and one he needn’t concern himself with because his parents would foot the bill for the lavish lifestyle he enjoyed.
He and his friends, a group of former private schoolboys dubbed ‘ The Firm’, spent their weekends glugging expensive vodka and champagne in Bournemouth nightclubs and mingling with pretty women, or “birds” as Turner referred to them. Turner boasted to friends that his parents had shelled out £ 30,000 on a rehabilitation course at The Priory, an expensive private healthcare centre, for his cocaine addiction. But ‘ The Firm’ had a name for the serial blagger and bragger: ‘ All- Talk Turner’. A beautiful girl like Emily was exactly the kind of ‘ trophy’ Turner wanted on his arm.
Losing His Grip
After meeting Emily in December 2010 Turner relentlessly pursued her, intent on making her his girlfriend, and by March 2011 their relationship was official. His big romantic gestures had once flattered Emily, but within weeks things began to sour. Turner tried to tell Emily how to dress, where she could go and who she could and couldn’t be friends with. She refused to listen to him – a novelty for Turner, whose own parents bent to his every whim and whose friends humoured his bully- boy antics. One friend of Turner’s told the documentary Mummy’s Little Murderer that his abuse of alcohol and chronic smoking had been harsh on his body and Turner had begun to grow insecure. A photo of Turner ironing his shirt in his boxers by no means shows a fat young man, but it is clear his body bears the signs of his excessive lifestyle. Emily in comparison was a stunning young woman, and she was noticed everywhere she went. Turner didn’t like the attention she received, and he started to make comments to Emily in an attempt to bring her down.
In March 2011, Emily was invited to model for a photoshoot hosted by a friend of hers. One picture shows Emily in a scarlet dress with her arms around two scantily clad male ‘ buff butlers’. After he saw the pictures on social media, Turner hurled abuse at Emily’s friend for setting the shoot up. “Stop trying to fucking fuck up my relationship by making Emily look [ like] a whore,” he screamed over text message. “Do you know who I am? A lad who’s been arrested for everything six violent harassment charges, two restraining orders deception, GBH I’m involved in everything. I don’t want her going out with pervy lads or my enemies ‘ cuz I’ll fucking kill them, so fuck off you cunt.”
After a rough time arguing with Emily over his possessive behaviour, Turner persuaded his mother to pay for him to take Emily away on a romantic mini- break to the Isle of
Man. The effort was short- lived, and staff at the hotel where they stayed reported hearing the pair argue. After the pair departed, they found Turner had punched the wooden door in a display of rage – an attempt to intimidate Emily. A jury later heard how Turner had ordered Emily out of the room “for her own protection”. During their stay she penned a letter to Turner that read, “I love you”. But the words that followed were incredibly disturbing: “Don’t say you’ll kill me.” She pleaded with Turner to tone down his aggression and controlling behaviour. After they returned from the trip, Emily had serious concerns about their relationship.
The last her family in Auckland saw of Emily was in
April for three weeks over the Easter holidays. While back home, it was clear that Emily was distancing herself from Turner. She barely spoke to him, preferring to be out with her friends or spending time with her family during the trip. On her Facebook page she posted pictures of her in a black dress dancing with her friends, some of which were her ex- boyfriends. The pictures sent Turner into a jealous rage according to his friends. After Emily’s death, her mother Caroline would look back on the final few days with her daughter in New Zealand and reveal that it felt as though Emily was saying goodbye to them one last time. She gave her favourite faux fur coat, which at one stage had been her trademark, to her younger sister. As she walked through the departure gate she sent her mother a text reading, “I’m so sad, Mum, I miss you already.”
On the evening of 30 April, Emily and Turner went to ‘ Bella Rosa’, a nightclub owned by one of Turner’s friends.
A beautiful girl like Emily was exactly the kind of ‘ trophy’ elliot Turner
wanted on his arm
Turner began discussing ways in which he could kill Emily. They started practising strangleholds
at turner’s request
After a few hours an altercation in the club broke out between the two. Enraged, Turner grabbed Emily’s head and smashed it onto the table before storming off. Distressed, Emily left with her friends shortly after. Days later Turner hacked Emily’s Facebook account and saw a series of messages between her and another boy arranging to meet at a nightclub in Bournemouth. That evening, armed with a metal lump hammer, Turner walked through the doors of ‘ Klute’ nightclub. Emily wasn’t there after all, but Turner approached the male he believed to be the one who Emily was messaging and confronted him. To ensure that he got the message loud and clear to stay away from Emily, Turner flashed him the hammer tucked in the waistband of his jeans before leaving.
Turner’s next destination was his friend’s house, where he broke out in sobs as he described how he had smashed Emily over the head with the hammer multiple times and killed her. Out of nowhere he broke out into a laugh, revealing that he was only joking and that Emily was fine. The following morning, having learned of Turner’s sick and twisted joke, Emily finally ended things with him. “I actually hate you,” she told him. Turner found her actions “disrespectful”: in his mind he was someone to be feared and respected. In a wooded area with his friend a few hours later, Turner began discussing ways in which he could kill Emily. They started practising strangleholds at Turner’s request. Pent up and buzzing with aggression, Turner almost rendered his own friend unconscious during their roughhousing.
That same evening he went looking for Emily in Bournemouth. At ‘ Café Shore’, a bar close to the affluent area of Sandbanks, Emily was preparing for an evening out with her friends, dressed in shorts and a waistcoat. CCTV shows Turner arriving shortly after her. When he saw what she was wearing Turner became even more enraged and told her she was dressed like “a whore”. She threw her drink over him and left, retreating to a friend’s home to watch a DVD. He texted his mum Anita, saying, “I could fucking break Emily’s neck and beat the fuck out of her. I’m going nuts the only reason I didn’t flip was coz my best mate was with me.” Instead of recognising that her son was on the brink of murder, she simply pacified his urges: “don’t do anything that is inappropriate Elliot”. She tried to reason with him before signing off that she was going to bed.
But Turner was determined to get Emily alone, and he followed her. More arguing ensued when he found her at a friend’s home, but as the steam between them cleared Turner began manipulating the situation once again and convinced Emily to get in his car. It is believed that Emily had thought Turner would drive her home, but instead he drove her to his parents’ place in Queen’s Park. They arrived just after midnight. Less than nine hours later a text message from Anita to her husband read, “come home, Emily is dead.” A 999 call was placed roughly 40 minutes later.
Life- Tariff- Turner
The Turners claimed to have woken up and found Emily dead. When ambulance technician Stephen Stratton arrived at the Queenswood Avenue home, it was clear to him that Emily had been dead for some time. Blood had pooled on her back and legs, and it was later estimated that she had died at around 1am. Stephen Stratton thought to himself that Emily didn’t look as though she had gone to bed that night, and looked as though she had been placed on the bed, almost as though she had been “laid to rest” there. Turner claimed to paramedics that Emily had tried to attack him in the middle of the night and that he had struck her in the neck in self- defence. He insisted that the pair had both gone to sleep very much alive, but when he woke up Emily was dead. He was arrested and cautioned, but under questioning Turner
remained silent. A post- mortem examination could not determine a definitive cause of death, and without sufficient evidence to charge him, Turner was released.
On the other side of the globe, it was the early hours of the morning when Caroline picked up the phone to be told by police officers that Emily had died in a suspected homicide. Her devastated mother, father and sister flew to England immediately. Released from custody, Elliot Turner was making the most of his freedom. However, he wouldn’t enjoy his freedom much longer, as police were deep into the investigation of Emily’s death, and their number one suspect was her ex- boyfriend. Unbeknown to the Turner family, their home was secretly bugged by detectives. Real Crime reached out to Dorset Police for comment about their investigation but they declined to speak with us.
More than 290 hours of covert recordings resulted in shocking revelations about what had really happened in the aftermath of Emily’s death. Speaking to his wife on 18 May, Leigh told her, “I know I shouldn’t have destroyed that letter, what we did there was destroy vital evidence.” The letter he was referring to, police later determined, was a supposed ‘ confession’ from Turner for killing Emily. Leigh had doused it in bleach before emergency services arrived. “He fucking strangled her,” Leigh said to Anita, who tried to claim her precious son had acted in self- defence. She admitted she had removed the jacket he wore that night from the room before anyone arrived in the morning.
On 21 May, Turner admitted to his parents that he “just flipped” and “fucking grabbed her as hard as I could”. Google searches from his computer showed he had searched “death by strangulation” and “how to get out of being charged for murder”. Forensic tests later determined that a mark in the crook of the sleeve on Turner’s shirt from the night in question was makeup, and proved that at some stage Emily’s face and/ or neck had come into contact with his arm.
This would be consistent with the sleeper hold Elliot had practised on his friend only hours before Emily died, and a direct match to the way in which Turner told his parents he had handled Emily. On 19 July 2011 police arrested him on suspicion of murder. His parents were also arrested for perverting the course of justice. Turner was remanded in custody while his parents were released on bail. While her son awaited trial Anita threw a series of events in honour of her son’s innocence, much to people’s disbelief.
Emily’s parents and sister sat through every day of the trial, which commenced on 12 April 2012 at Winchester Crown Court. Taking the stand in his own defence for two
above Elliot Turner photographed at a party. He treated women as objects, and saw his girlfriend Emily as a ‘ trophy’below A note written by Emily to Turner while they were still together hints at Turner’s threats, aggression and controlling, domineering behaviour towards the 17- year- old
top Emily Longley was smart and beautiful and refused to allow her boyfriend Elliot Turner to dictate how she should dress and behaveabove Moving to Dorset in England, Emily attended Brockenhurst College, where she proved a success and made lots of friends while she was studying for her business national diploma
above The day Emily broke up with him, Elliot Turner openly discussed ways in which he would kill Emily and even practised the stranglehold that would kill her hours laterbelow- left When he was arrested on the morning of Emily’s death, Elliot Turner already had his bags packed and was carrying his passportbelow- right The Turners’ house in the affluent Queen’s Park area was the scene for Emily’s murder. Police bugged the home as part of their investigationopposite Emily’s family: mother Caroline ( right), sister Hannah ( middle) and father Mark ( left) all flew from New Zealand to sit through every day of Turner’s four- week trial