Tracie Andrews

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Tracie Margurite Andrews (born 9 April 1969) is an English woman who murdered her fiancé, Lee Raymond Harvey (Born 20 September 1971) on 1 December 1996.[1]

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Murder

Andrews, a former aspiring[2] model and barmaid, stabbed Mr Harvey over 42 times with a pen knife after they had stopped in his car following an argument on the way to their flat in The Becks, Alvechurch, Worcester. At a press conference on 3 December 1996, she claimed that Mr Harvey was killed in a road rage attack, saying that a "fat man with staring eyes" had stabbed him over 30 times.[1][3]

Andrews was convicted in the Birmingham Crown Court on 29 July 1997, and was sentenced to life imprisonment[1], with a recommendation that she serve at least 14 years.[4] Andrews appealed the sentence, claiming that she was the victim of a miscarriage of justice because of damaging publicity surrounding her case. In October 1998, the appeal was denied.[1] In April 1999 Andrews admitted that she did stab Harvey to death, whilst still maintaining she acted in self-defence.

Facial surgery

In November 2009 Tracie Andrews underwent a submandibular osteotomy operation to correct a class III occlusion. Specifically, this corrected her bottom jaw from protruding over her top jaw. The fact that the operation was paid for by the NHS was the cause of some controversy.[5]

Release

Andrews was released in July 2011. Having been refused official anonymity, she has started a new life under the name Tia Carter.[6] She is banned from travelling within 25 miles of her victim's family without supervision.

Media based on the case

Maureen Harvey, Lee's mother, has written a book called Pure Evil: How Tracie Andrews Murdered My Son, Deceived the Nation and Sentenced Me to a Life of Pain and Misery.[7]

In March 2010 BBC Radio 4's afternoon play was a docu-drama of the case. It consisted of a dramatisation of the events along with interviews with some of those involved including police and friends of Tracie Andrews and Lee Harvey.

Her story has also been featured on Snapped, a show on the Oxygen network that documents cases of crime by women, usually against lovers or husbands.

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