Sussex ‘Black Widow’ killer released from prison


A WOMAN dubbed the ‘Black Widow’ after murdering her husband with a poisoned curry on his birthday has been released from prison.

Thompson was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2003 after being convicted of killing her second husband, Julian Webb, on his 31st birthday in June 1994 at their home in the village of Yapton, near Bognor.

She has been described by police as “every man’s nightmare” and said she had assaulted men “sexually, financially and physically” for a decade.

Thompson of Cullompton in Devon hid antidepressants in Mr Webb’s favorite food and ground aspirin in his drinks.

She claimed he took his own life, but the truth about her crimes came to light seven years after the murder when his body was exhumed and tests showed higher drug levels in Mr Webb’s body than first thought.

Thompson had married Mr Webb in 1991 while still married to her first husband Lee Wyatt, who told a court she made false accusations against him, sending him on the run and getting him to take the blame for her cheating.

She later married her third husband, Richard Thompson, and lived together in Rustington, near Brighton.

Shortly after their marriage, she attacked him with a baseball bat and a knife during a sex bondage session. Thompson told a court in 2001 she feared for her life after her life of cheating, in which she spent thousands of pounds of his money, was exposed.

The couple divorced and Thompson was acquitted by a jury of attempted murder but sentenced to three years and nine months in prison on 15 counts of fraud after stealing thousands of pounds from her three previous lovers.

At the time of her crimes, Thompson was “deceptive,” “could hold grudges,” and was not always “in control of her temper,” according to the parole board papers.

During her imprisonment she had taken part in rehabilitation courses, therapies and training and had already been provisionally released from prison.

Thompson will be subject to restrictions on who she contacts, her movements and activities, and she must also disclose any new relationships, provide details of the vehicles she uses, and her passport and bank details if necessary.

She must also wear an electronic tag and adhere to a curfew.

A parole document also said the “financial support built up through the sale of her artwork” would reduce the risk of re-offending. Sussex ‘Black Widow’ killer released from prison

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