Louise Minchin Reveals the Chilling Details of Stalker Hell and How Betty First Alerted Him to Despicable Threats

BBC presenter Louise Minchin opens up on her horrific ordeal, which saw her subject to intimidation and threats from her Welsh stalker.

Karl Davies, 44, was killed in December last year for two more years after posting several “intimidating” messages “with the intention of maximizing fear and distress” on Ms Minchin and her teenage daughter’s social media accounts in the four days between July. Was sentenced to eight months in prison. 14 and 17 July 2020.

The court case at Mold Crown Court heard how, in a message to Ms Minchin, she threatened violent, bodily harm and indicated that she knew the address of her family’s home, the village they lived in, and the cars they were in. who were on his way at that time. You can read about the court case by clicking here.

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Now, in one interview with telegraph, Ms Minchin has spoken openly about what she and her family have done in the hope of helping other victims.

“It’s really a bloodless thing to discover an unknown stranger who wants to do serious harm to you and your family, knows where you live, is standing outside your house, and has noticed the cars parked in your drive. ,” said Ms. Minchin. Wire,

She revealed how in July 2020, she was away for a few nights with her family, husband David, and daughters Mia, 19, and Scarlett, 16, when her youngest daughter, who helps run her Instagram account, alerted him of something. was concerned about, telling her: “Mom, there’s someone sending you some not-so-cool messages”, and that the person who sent the message also ‘followed’ the online profile.

The 53-year-old presenter said the tone of the messages “went from weird to scary”.

“Overnight, the messages came thick and fast on both of our accounts,” she told The Telegraph.

“They were increasingly cheesy and graphic. By morning, our inboxes were filled with shockingly violent threats. He said he would rape my daughter in my house. And horrifyingly, he seemed to know where we lived. Huh.

“The details he had about where I live were cool, he could only know them if he was standing right outside my house. ‘I know where you live,’ he wrote. You’re not going to stay there long. I’m coming after you.'”

Carl Davis posted several “intimidating” messages to Louise Minchin and her daughter “with the intention of maximizing fear and distress”

The message and account were deleted, but the family took screenshots of his messages and reported it to the BBC in the morning, which then contacted police.

Ms. Minchin said, “The girls were absolutely frightened, especially Mia, who was hurt by the messages. The threats were so severe that I still haven’t allowed my husband to read them.”

“No one should read those words. Mia desperately didn’t want to go home, but although I was just as scared, I figured we needed to get back somehow. At least if we were there we’d be the hatchers.” The police tried to find him.”

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Feeling like a “prisoner in her own home” for weeks, the family installed CCTV cameras and put up additional fencing, and Ms Minchin would not allow her daughters to go out alone. He also changed his daily routine and walking routes.

And the presenter admitted that she considered quitting her job at BBC Breakfast, something her daughters talked about.

“I was in a state of high alert – working, but constantly looking over my shoulder. If someone outside the house looked strange or out of place, I called the police as I was advised to do She was gone, just in case it was her. They were helpful, but I thought neither of us was safe,” Ms. Minchin told the Telegraph.

“It was a huge relief; I didn’t want his face to be alone in the same room as his,” she said.

“I sometimes still wish I didn’t know what his face looked like. Although in some way it’s helpful, I think, to know what he looks like, so when people smile and say hello Says I know I am fine, I am safe, it is not him, just someone who recognizes my face from telly.

“If anything good can come of what we are doing, it is a clear message that criminals do not always remain anonymous, they can be prosecuted.

“The whole experience has been very emotionally exhausting and scary, and has helped me recover. I was fortunate to have had a few colleagues who have experienced similar issues to contact and have been extremely supportive.

“Counseling has helped with some of those terrifying intrusive thoughts. Mia and I both need help coping with whatever we’re going through and are doing much better now, although it has made an impression. We’re both cautious around people in a way we never used to be. As a mother I’m devastated. Mia now has to live with the memory of this. She’s only 20; she’s never supposed to be like this. Should not have experienced something, but especially at that age and stage in his life.

“Throughout this trial, I’ve tried to be strong for my girls. I told myself I was fine, I was coping. I had no idea I was fooling myself. I know That I slept a little easier the night I knew he was finally behind bars. And the next morning, for the first time in 18 months, I didn’t look twice before leaving the house.”

You can read the full interview with Lewis Minchin on The Telegraph website click here,