Daughter of one of Britain's most savage serial killers considered suicide so she wouldn't turn into her mum
THE daughter of a serial killer considered taking her own life for fear of turning into her mum.
Joanna Dennehy, 37, became one of Britain’s most savage murderers during a ten-day rampage in 2013 — stabbing three victims to death and seriously injuring two others.
Daughter Shianne Treanor, 21, revealed her mental health deteriorated the moment she was told of her mum’s horrific crimes aged 13.
She said: “I lost all my senses and fell to the floor crying. The first thing I said was, ‘Will I turn into her? Will that be me?’.
“I have suffered from mental health issues — from eating disorders to self-harming to depression, anxiety, paranoia.
“I thought because I was going to turn into her, ‘Maybe I should end it now, get it over and done with, so I don’t hurt anybody’.”
The first thing I said was, ‘Will I turn into her? Will that be me?’.
Dennehy’s crimes — often using a zombie blade — were so horrific she is one of only three women in the UK jailed for whole-life terms.
The others were Rose West, 67, and Moors murderer Myra Hindley, who died in 2002 aged 60.
Dennehy stabbed to death property developer Kevin Lee, 48, Pole Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, and John Chapman, 56, in Peterborough, and dumping their bodies in ditches.
After her last killing, she called accomplice, Gary Stretch, then 46, and sang the Britney Spears song Oops, I did It Again.
John Rogers and Robin Bereza survived attacks by Dennehy.
In Sky’s documentary The Murderer And Me tomorrow, Shianne also tells how her mum’s hunger for sex, drugs and drink made her childhood a misery and wrecked Dennehy’s relationship with her dad John Treanor.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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