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Oct. 28, 2021

S04E05 - Ben Blakeley (The Murder of Jayden Parkinson)


In the fifth episode of British Murders Season 4, I tell the story of Ben Blakeley and Jayden Parkison.⁣⁣
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A serial domestic abuser, Ben regularly beat up and strangled every girlfriend he had in his life.⁣

Sadly, 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson’s experience with Ben was no different⁣.⁣

Despite leaving her abuser in November 2013, Jayden discovered she was pregnant with Ben’s child.⁣

As they discussed the pregnancy the following month, Ben strangled and killed Jayden before burying her body in his uncle’s grave.⁣
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He was handed a life sentence in July 2014 with a minimum term to serve of 20 years.⁣

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References:

Ben Blakeley guilty of Jayden Parkinson murder. (2014, July 24). BBC News. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28471735

Davidson, G. (2014, July 25). Reading man sentenced to life imprisonment for murder of Jayden Parkinson. BerkshireLive. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/local-news/reading-man-sentenced-life-imprisonment-7508731

Hooper, E. (2014, June 16). Grieving father dies of heart attack days before daughter’s killer faces trial. Closer. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://closeronline.co.uk/real-life/news/grieving-father-dies-heart-attack-days-daughter-s-killer-faces-trial/

Iqbal, N., & Harvey, D. (2014, July 25). Jayden murderer Ben Blakeley “threatened me with knife.” BBC News. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-28489593

Jayden Parkinson murder: Ben Blakeley jailed for life. (2014, July 25). BBC News. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-28484567

Jayden Parkinson murder trial: Ben Blakeley “violent to previous partners.” (2014, June 24). BBC News. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-27995402

Low, J. (2015a, August 3). Police officers face misconduct proceedings over Jayden Parkinson investigation. BerkshireLive. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/police-officers-face-misconduct-proceedings-9779672

Low, J. (2015b, September 30). Jayden Parkinson investigation: Misconduct hearing finds police member of staff has no case to answer. BerkshireLive. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/jayden-parkinson-investigation-misconduct-hearing-10162372

Low, J. (2015c, October 3). Two police officers handed final warnings after misconduct in Jayden Parkinson missing person investigation. BerkshireLive. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/two-police-officers-handed-final-10186180

Man jailed after covering up for killer brother. (2015, March 10). ITV News. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2015-03-10/man-jailed-after-covering-up-for-killer-brother/

Moore, H. (2020, September 30). Mum still terrified of jailed man who killed daughter, 17, and stuffed her in suitcase. Mirror. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-still-terrified-jailed-man-22767534

Roper, M. (2019, April 22). Blunders made by ex who murdered teen Jayden Parkinson that led to his capture. Mirror. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/blunders-made-ex-who-murdered-14402978

Thorne, L. (2015, March 10). Jayden Parkinson: Brother of Reading murderer jailed for perverting the course of justice. BerkshireLive. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/jayden-parkinson-brother-reading-murderer-8813168

Walker, E., & Corbett, J. (2015, June 3). Jayden Parkinson killer Ben Blakeley sentenced for fight at Didcot Station. BerkshireLive. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/jayden-parkinson-killer-ben-blakeley-9382897

Walker, E., & Gutteridge, N. (2015, February 3). Ben Blakeley younger brother CLEARED of helping to bury Jayden Parkinson’s body. BerkshireLive. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/ben-blakeley-younger-brother-cleared-8574259

Webb, S. (2014, June 25). Murder suspect Ben Blakeley “repeatedly tried to strangle another partner.” Mail Online. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2669456/Murder-suspect-accused-killing-pregnant-ex-girlfriend-repeatedly-tried-strangle-former-partner.html