Woman sleeps with knife by bed after learning who she rejected at speed dating

A teacher now ‘sleeps with a knife under her pillow’ after she unknowingly rejected a murderer at a speed dating event.

Caroline Anderson, 42, claims she was bombarded with "creepy" messages from the notorious killer after she refused to go for a drink with him.

Brit Dempsey Hawkins, 58, was deported back to Britain after serving 38 years in a US jail for strangling his 14-year-old girlfriend before stuffing her body in an oil drum.

He attended a speed dating night in Cambridge but after an "intense" conversation with Ms Anderson she put a cross next to his name.

But somehow the murderer – reportedly refused parole nine times – got hold of her mobile phone number and sent her a string of flirty Whatsapp messages.

She claims she ignored his unrequited messages which included a selfie with the caption: "If you want to hang out with me in the middle of nowhere give me the green light".

Caroline only realised his true identity when she spotted a story about him in a newspaper and recognised his distinctive first name.

Shaken Caroline said she’s now terrified he’ll discover her address and so she sleeps with a baseball bat, hockey stick and a kitchen knife next to her bed.

Caroline said: "I can’t take any chances. He took my number without my knowledge. He knows I live in the area so it’s only a matter of time before he knows my address.

"He’s unhinged. He shouldn’t be allowed to roam around."


Caroline said she met Hawkins at Hidden Rooms Cocktail and Lounge and Events Room, in September.

She said she first noticed Hawkins lingering around the front desk – next to a list of the daters names and phone numbers.

Making her way around the circle of potential partners, Caroline was eventually faced with a one-on-one with Hawkins but after an "intense" conversation decided to put a cross by his name.

Hawkins later approached Caroline to ask her out for a drink but she turned him down, she claims.


“I just got out of a long-term relationship so one of my good friends convinced me to go along to a speed dating night to boost my spirits," she said.

“When we arrived I noticed his presence because I thought he was in the military – it was just by the way he carried himself.

"I could tell he was into me as he kept staring across the room. But then I noticed his eyes. They are the kind of eyes that look through you not at you!

“They were piercing. I didn’t even give him my number.

“I remember putting a cross on the scorecard as I just found him a bit intense and got a weird vibe.

“I saw him lingering by the reception desk for a good 15 minutes where we had all put down our details.

“At the time I thought it was weird that he was there for so long but I didn’t call him up on it. I was there to have a good time."

The morning after the dating event Caroline was shocked to find a text from Hawkins which started with "Sweet Caroline, really great to have met you last night".

It said meeting her had been the "highlight of my time here in Britain" and it would be "nothing short of a tragedy if we didn’t become friends".

The lengthy message added: "Me as your friend will definitely enhance your life in ways that might surprise you […] I’ll be thinking about you. You know I will 😉 ."

She claims she didn’t respond, and screenshots show he send her half a dozen more unanswered messages over two weeks.

One said she should "go to Hollywood and make a ton of money", she was "endlessly attractive" and another said "you look prettier in each pic I see of you :p ."

Another showed him in a rural location and said: "Just a reminder, if you want to hang out with me in the middle of nowhere give me the green light."

It was not until she was sitting in a local cafe flicking through a newspaper when she caught glimpse of his name in a small article, that she realised his true identity.

“I wasn’t interested in him and I only knew him on first name terms so I didn’t do the standard Facebook stalking," she explained.

“It wasn’t until I was flicking through the paper while I was having a coffee that I saw and the penny dropped.

“I stopped what I was doing and raced home. The next day I went to the police station and they said there was nothing they could do.

"I feel completely helpless."

Since then Caroline claims she has become a “social recluse” and now keeps weapons by her bed in fear of convicted murderer.

Caroline added: “I see him on my commute to work and it fills me with fear.

"Considering his past who can blame me?

“He’s just casually walking through the town and works in a busy restaurant. People need to know!

“He needs to be deported. I’m completely petrified. I’ve had to move a lodger in otherwise I’d be a woman all by myself.

“I sleep with a baseball bat and hockey stick by my bed and put the kitchen knives under my pillow.

“If he can get my number from a night out it’s only a matter of time before he finds out where I live."

London-born Hawkins, then aged 16, killed girlfriend Susan Jacobson, 14, on Staten Island, New York, in May 1976.

Hawkins had been dating Susan for about a year at the time of the attack, but she had been ordered to break the relationship off by her parents, it was reported.

It was claimed he killed her so she couldn’t be with anyone else.

He then lived with his father on an United States Air Force base in Illinois and carried on with his high school education,

However, he was arrested after a young boy found what he thought were ‘dog bones’ in a barrel, it was reported.

Two years later, he was caught and sentenced to 22 years in prison, but didn’t confess to the killing for 20 years.

During a phone interview from behind bars in 2011, he later reportedly admitted: "It was a warm day.

"With the arm of the shirt, I put it around her neck, as if to kiss her, and I just started squeezing it.

"Her hands went up to the shirt and I just looked away and just kept squeezing the shirt."

He finally admitted in a letter to Susan’s family: "I’m terribly sorry for what I’ve done, and I have been for a long time."

It is understood he was released in January 2017, deported, and came back to the UK after a campaign by a UK criminology expert.

He found a job in a restaurant in Cambridge.

The report which Caroline read after the speed dating was about how he had been approaching women on the social networking site Meetup.com .

Mr Hawkins has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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