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A.K.A.: "Road Rage Murderer"
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Argument
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: December 1, 1996
Date of arrest: 6 days after
Date of birth: April 9, 1969
Victim profile: Lee Raymond Harvey, 25 (her fiancé)
Method of murder: Stabbing with a pen knife (42 times)
Location: Alvechurch, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Status: Sentenced to life imprisonment (minimum 14 years) on July 29, 1997. Released in January 2012
 
 

 
 

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Tracie Marguerite Andrews (born in 1969) is an English woman who murdered her fiancé.

Andrews, a former model and barmaid, attacked Harvey in his car after they had stopped following an argument on the way to their flat in The Becks, Alvechurch, Worcester. Andrews stabbed Harvey more than 30 times.

Andrews appeared at a Press conference on 3 December 1996 saying Harvey had been the victim of a road rage attack from a man with "staring eyes." Andrews took a drug overdose the following day.

After a West Midlands Police inquiry failed to find witnesses to the incident, Andrews was arrested on the morning of Saturday 7 December, in Hospital. She was released on Bail after being charged.

She continued into the court still holding her road-rage defence, but was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court in July 1997 for the murder of Lee Harvey on 1 December 1996. She was sentenced to life imprisonment and a 14-year minimum term was recommended, which would have kept her behind bars until at least 2011 and the age of 42.

A subsequent appeal lodged by Andrews, alleging that she was the victim of a miscarriage of justice because of damaging publicity surrounding her case, was thrown out at a hearing in October 1998.

During her imprisonment, Andrews has saved the life of a fellow prisoner who attempted suicide, and this sparked fears that she could be out on prison even sooner than the trial judge had recommended. But the Home Secretary (who has since been stripped of his powers to amend minimum terms) later ordered that Andrews should serve no less than the 14 years that had been recommended by her trial judge.

In April 1999 Andrews admitted that she had carried out the crime. As a result a 2005 ITV1 docu-drama resultantly gave an account of her relationship with Lee Harvey and her conviction of his murder, starring Sarah Manners as Andrews.

In 2006 it was reported that Andrews was hoping to be released from jail within months and planned to marry, ending a series of same sex affairs, but Home Office sources denied that she was due to be released imminently.

She was however moved from Foston Hall jail in Derbyshire to Send prison near Woking, Surrey. An inmate of the therapeutic wing, she receives one-to-one counselling, has admitted again to murdering Harvey.

However, a prison source was quoted as saying: "Andrews has moved to this prison and admitted to the murder, which has surprised a lot of people. Although she has accepted her guilt, nobody really believes that she feels much remorse. She sees this as her first step on the way to parole. Andrews is manipulative and devious. Officers believe she will say or do anything to get out of jail."

Since moving to the jail, Andrews has changed her name to Tia Carter, and also made friends with Jane Andrews, the former aide of Sarah Ferguson who was jailed seven years ago for the murder by knife attack of boyfriend Tom Cressman.

Harvey's parents, Roy and Maureen, travelled to 10 Downing Street as part of a delegation of families involved in high-profile murder cases. They have often spoken of their belief that Andrews will kill again if released.


Tracie Margurite Andrews (born 9 April 1969) is an English woman who murdered her fiancé, Lee Raymond Harvey (Born 20 September 1971) on 1 December 1996.

Murder

Andrews, a former model and barmaid, stabbed Mr Harvey over 42 times with a pen knife after they had stopped in his car following an argument on the way to their flat in The Becks, Alvechurch, Worcester. At a press conference on 3 December 1996, she claimed that Mr Harvey was killed in a road rage attack, saying that a "fat man with staring eyes" had stabbed him over 30 times.

Andrews was convicted in the Birmingham Crown Court on 29 July 1997, and was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a recommendation that she serve at least 14 years. Andrews appealed the sentence, claiming that she was the victim of a miscarriage of justice because of damaging publicity surrounding her case. In October 1998, the appeal was denied. In April 1999 Andrews admitted that she did stab Harvey to death, whilst still maintaining she acted in self-defence.

Facial surgery

In November 2009 Tracie Andrews underwent a submandibular osteotomy operation to correct a class III occlusion. Specifically, this corrected her bottom jaw from protruding over her top jaw. The fact that the operation was paid for by the NHS was the cause of some controversy.

Release

Andrews was released in July 2011. Having been refused official anonymity, she has started a new life under the name Tia Carter. She is banned from travelling within 25 miles of her victim's family without supervision.

Media based on the case

Maureen Harvey, Lee's mother, has written a book called Pure Evil: How Tracie Andrews Murdered My Son, Deceived the Nation and Sentenced Me to a Life of Pain and Misery.

In March 2010 BBC Radio 4's afternoon play was a docu-drama of the case. It consisted of a dramatisation of the events along with interviews with some of those involved including police and friends of Tracie Andrews and Lee Harvey.

Her story has also been featured on Snapped, a show on the Oxygen network that documents cases of crime by women, usually against lovers or husbands.

Wikipedia.org


Tracie Andrews has never shown remorse for murdering my son. Freeing her is the last twist of the knife, says mother of Lee Harvey

By Helen Weathers - DailyMail.co.uk

July 28, 2011

Maureen Harvey has been counting the days to Tracie Andrews’ release from prison. As the date neared, her anxiety mounted. She has felt, she says, as if she was on the edge of a precipice.

From the moment Andrews was jailed for life on July 29, 1997, for murdering Maureen’s 25-year-old son Lee in a knife attack, Mrs Harvey has been anticipating this day with dread.

She and her husband Ray, 66, tried repeatedly over the years to persuade politicians to extend the 14-year tariff of Andrews’ life sentence — arguing that life should mean life — but without success.

So, trying to banish from her mind thoughts of Andrews walking not only free, but defiantly unrepentant, Maureen is planning to spend the day of release — likely to be today or tomorrow — at her son’s graveside.

‘I go every week to talk to Lee,’ says 65-year-old Maureen, her hands trembling with emotion. ‘Sometimes I tell him off for ever getting involved with that woman. Sometimes I just stand there and cry.

‘It hurts me more than words can say that Andrews is not only a free woman, but still refuses to express any remorse or regret for what she did to my son. I can’t even think of her as a human being any more.'

Maureen was not surprised to read this week that Andrews still refuses to take the blame for Lee’s death. A family friend of Andrews told the Mail: ‘Her attitude is she has done her time and the slate is now clean. She sees no reason to say sorry to anyone.’

Indeed, nothing Andrews — who has changed her name to Tia Carter and has had £5,000 of cosmetic surgery to correct her protruding jaw — says or does has the power to surprise Maureen any more.

But it still hurts. The wounds, Maureen says, remain as raw as the day that Lee was murdered.

She has had to swallow back the bile each time new photographs have appeared in the papers of Andrews out on day release from Askham Grange open prison in Yorkshire in preparation for release — particularly those of a relaxed Andrews on a shopping trip to York, and laughing with a companion over a cappuccino.

More recently, she was pictured pushing a baby buggy with her  21-year-old daughter Karla — who was seven years old when Andrews was jailed — and her first grandchild.

‘I can only visit my child at the  cemetery and Lee can’t see his two grandchildren,’ says Maureen. ‘They will only read as they get older  what happened to their grandfather, which isn’t a pleasant story to have to tell them.’

Indeed, it is not. It was on December 1, 1996, that Andrews, then a 27-year-old bottle-blonde market stall seller with aspirations to become a model, murdered her fiancé Lee.

A bus driver with a four-year-old daughter, Danielle, from a previous relationship, Lee suffered 42 stab wounds in the frenzied attack.

The crime might have receded from memory by now had it not been for Andrews’ infamous attempt to cover up what she’d done with the most brazen of lies.

At a police press conference, a bruised Andrews clutched Maureen’s hand as she described how a road-rage assailant stabbed Lee following a cat-and-mouse car chase through the leafy lanes of Worcestershire as the couple drove home from the pub.

It was, as we all know now, a complete fabrication. Jealous, possessive and volatile, Andrews had attacked Lee during a violent row, one of many he’d endured during their two-year, on-off relationship.

Despite forensic evidence confirming her guilt, she still denied the charges at trial.

It was only 21 months after she was convicted that she confessed to killing Lee, claiming self-defence, in a letter to her solicitor. This, despite Lee sustaining a stab wound to his back.

So it is with a bitter sense of resignation and acceptance that Maureen is looking to the future — both hers and Andrews’, for they can never be separated.

‘Some people might say Tracie has served her time and deserves a second chance, but she’s ruined our lives,’ says Maureen, a former hair salon owner. ‘There’s no second chance for Lee, or for us. We are the ones who will be serving a life sentence until the  day we die.

‘She can change her name and appearance. She can dye her hair red, blonde or black, but a leopard doesn’t change its spots.'

Instead, this week as Andrews is released on life licence, a fresh  nightmare looms. Where will her son’s killer live?

It is believed that Andrews will stay in a secure ‘approved residence’ in the North of England with CCTV and a night curfew for her safety, but  Maureen has received no such assurances from the parole board.

Indeed, she is not allowed to know the slightest detail of Andrews’ location. Murderers, it seems to Maureen’s frustration and anger, have more rights than their victims’ families.

For years Maureen and Ray have fought for a 50-mile exclusion zone to prevent Andrews from coming anywhere near the family home on her release. But last week they were told by the parole board it would be 25 miles.

‘I feel totally let down by the justice system. I feel I’ve been banging my head against a brick wall for the past 14 years,’ says Maureen.

More significantly, Andrews’ daughter Karla Marie Tilston, a waitress, lives just three miles from Maureen’s home, near Birmingham. Mother and daughter are, despite Andrews’ appalling crime, far from estranged.

Last September Karla spoke briefly of her love for her mother, saying: ‘If people knew her like I know her, then you would see she is not the psycho killer that she is made out to be.’

Maureen says: ‘I was told there was a possibility, after her release, that she might be able to visit her daughter, provided she followed a set route. That, to me, would be totally unacceptable. It would be devastating for me if I ever saw Tracie again.’

‘Victims’ families should be treated with more respect. What we need is a change in the law to allow us more information. I don’t want revenge, I just want to make sure I never set eyes on Tracie Andrews again. All this worry will send me to an early grave.’

I meet Maureen at the neat house she shares with Ray, her husband of 44 years who works as a part-time lorry driver. Lee grew up in this home from the age of four. His pictures remain proudly on display.

‘Sometimes, when I look at Lee’s picture I want to shout: “Why did you fall in love with Tracie?” Because if he hadn’t, Lee would still be alive,’ says Maureen. ‘But you can’t choose who you love.'

Maureen admits she took an instant dislike to Tracie when she met her all those years ago. ‘Within 20 minutes I had her whole life story. She was slating her family, her ex-boyfriend, everyone. She wasn’t the kind of girl I would have wished for my son, but Lee loved her, so I tried to get on with her.’

Which wasn’t easy when Lee would return home, battered and bruised, having been kicked out by Tracie after another one of their arguments — his clothes chucked out of the bedroom window in black bin-liners.

‘They weren’t good for each other and I had many heated arguments with Lee about it,’ says Maureen. ‘Once, he came home with a bite on his neck. She’d flown into a rage  seeing him talk to a barmaid in a club and attacked him.

‘I remember Tracie saying to me: “I know, we just can’t live with each other and can’t live without each other either.” I don’t know why Lee kept going back to her.’

Maureen last saw her son Lee a week before he was murdered. To his  parents’ utter despair, he was packing his clothes to return to Tracie following another one of their bust-ups.

‘All he could say was, “Mum, I just love her”,’ recalls Maureen. ‘That was the last thing he said to me.’

Maureen is a petite, well-groomed woman. Before Lee was murdered she ran a thriving hairdressing business with her daughter, but she lost that when she suffered a breakdown in the aftermath of his death. For a time she and Ray even split, though she insists they are ‘fine’ now.

It is not easy to listen to Maureen’s distress. She remains fixated on Tracie Andrews and her grief still has that raw quality of someone who has not moved on and may never do so.

‘I could lie to you and say I don’t hate her, but I can’t lie to myself and God about what’s in my heart. I can never forgive her,’ says Maureen. ‘You think the tears will stop with time, but they don’t.

‘I used to be a private person, but my life is not my own any more. I am public property. I have lost my identity and will always be Lee’s mum. Our lives will never be normal.’

The closest Tracie Andrews ever came to apologising to Maureen was from her hospital bed after she had taken an overdose — before her arrest — when she said: ‘I’m sorry for what I have done.’

Maureen says: ‘I didn’t know if she was apologising for the overdose or for killing Lee. I think now it was the latter, but at the time I really wanted to believe she was innocent. Ray thought she was guilty from day one, but I gave her the benefit of the doubt.

‘When the police came to tell me she’d been arrested on suspicion of murder, I collapsed shouting “No, no, no”. I didn’t want to believe it.’

What makes the heart bleed for Maureen, as much as her loss, is her desperate and — at times — futile attempts to contain her emotions and present a more detached, rational, campaigning persona.

She has learned from bitter experience that people find such naked displays of grief uncomfortable. There is a selective deafness when it comes to the long-term suffering of victims once the initial sympathy starts to fade.

Which is why she now feels her voice alone is not enough and she has taken on a lawyer to put her case across and help her campaign for victims, using the kind of language people in authority will listen to.

Maureen tells me she was inconsolable when she attended Andrews’ last parole board hearing in 2009, when — she claims — a Home Office official instructed her to read only parts of her statement.

‘She kept tapping my leg under the table to shut me up,’ says Maureen. ‘I just carried on anyway and read it all, and added my true feelings, but she was not happy with me. Is this the procedure? Can’t I have my say?’

There is no doubt that these are tense, unbearably distressing times for the family. Not least because Lee’s daughter Danielle, now aged 19, has established Facebook contact with Andrews’ daughter Karla.

When Andrews and Lee were a couple, the children played together, often at Maureen’s house, and got on well. Danielle has said that although she will never forgive Tracie Andrews, she has no animosity towards Karla.

Maureen stiffens and says: ‘It’s not for me to say who Danielle can and can’t be friends with. She’s 19 now and old enough to make her own decisions, but it’s not something I could encourage.

‘Only two people know what really happened that night. Lee is dead and all that has come out of Tracie’s mouth to date has been lies.

‘But I don’t want to be like this, full of hatred. I just want a normal life now. I want to draw a line under this and get on with my life.

‘There are a lot of families worse off than us; people who still don’t know who murdered their loved ones; families who have had no justice. Every day you switch on the TV and there’s another murder.’

She adds: ‘I want to campaign for the people it could happen to today, tomorrow, next year. It’s already too late for us.'


No remorse as ‘road-rage fantasy’ killer is set free: Victim’s family grieve... but Tracie Andrews cites human right to a new life

By Claire Ellicott - DailyMail.co.uk

July 26, 2011

One of Britain’s most notorious murderers walks free from jail this week after serving her sentence for a crime which robbed a family of a much-loved son.

But Tracie Andrews refuses to apologise for the brutal stabbing of her fiancé Lee Harvey.

Andrews, 41, insists it is now her ‘human right’ to get on with her life.

She will go by the name Tia Carter and has had £5,000 surgery to alter her distinctive jaw and dyed her blonde hair brown.

The former barmaid was jailed for life for killing Mr Harvey, 25, in 1996 during a row as they drove in a country road.

She cut his throat and stabbed him 37 times with a penknife in the back, face, neck and chest.

After leaving him to bleed to death, she concocted a story about a road-rage incident and blamed the other driver for the attack.

Two days after the murder, Andrews went on television holding the hand of Mr Harvey’s mother Maureen to appeal for information to catch the killer.

As her release grows closer, her family has urged her to repent publicly but she continues to insist she owes no one anything and wants to pick up her life where she left off.

‘She categorically refuses to take the blame,’ said a family friend. ‘Her attitude is she has done her time and the slate is now clean. She sees no reason to say sorry to anyone.

'Her family wanted her to make a public statement on her release, for the first time fully admitting what happened and expressing her regret and sorrow over Lee’s death.

‘They take the view that unless she shows public remorse, she will be a target for hate. But she has refused to listen and has said repeatedly, point-blank, that she will not say anything to anyone. She says that, having paid her debt to society, it is her human right to be left alone.’

Andrews is expected to be released on Thursday from Askham Grange open prison, near York, where she has spent the last part of her 14-year term.

At her trial in 1997, she stuck to her story about a ‘wide-eyed maniac’ who had attacked Mr Harvey, but she was convicted.

Andrews, who lived with her fiancé in Alvechurch, Worcestershire, later confessed to her crime in a letter from prison but refused to apologise or accept full responsibility.

The changes to her appearance follow the refusal by the Ministry of Justice to grant her lifetime anonymity.

This was given to Maxine Carr, who became her friend in jail. Carr gave a false alibi to her boyfriend Ian Huntley, the killer of Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002.

Instead, Andrews will be kept under observation until early  next year.

It is believed that she will stay in a secure ‘approved residence’ in the North of England with CCTV and a night curfew for her safety.

Under a ruling won by Mrs  Harvey and her husband Raymond, Andrews will not be able to stay within 50 miles of their Birmingham home without informing them and the police.

This means she cannot stay with her mother Irene in Warwickshire or at her 20-year-old daughter Karla’s home in Walsall.

Yesterday Mrs Harvey declined to comment. But in the past, she has said: ‘All we have left are memories and a grave while she’s ready to carry on as if nothing happened. She is evil.’

Lyn Costello, who runs the support group Mothers Against Murder and Aggression, said: ‘In terms of the law, she is right about her human rights. But in terms of morals and decency, she’s wrong. This must be terrible for the family.'


Dyeing to get out: Knife-killer Tracie Andrews tries range of hair colours and new name as she prepares for prison release

DailyMail.co.uk

June 27, 2011

This is the latest image of vicious knife-killer Tracie Andrews, who is regularly dyeing and restyling her hair as she anticipates freedom from jail before the summer is out.

In July 1997 Andrews, 42 was given a life sentence with the judge recommending that she serve at least 14 years for stabbing fiancé Lee Harvey, 25, to death in December 1996.

She knifed Harvey more than 42 times in his car after they had stopped at the side of the road following an argument.

Shopaholic prisoner Andrews is preparing for her release by trying out a range of new hairstyles and colours using donations from the public to buy beauty products and fashion items.

Letters from well-wishers arrive with funds at Askham Grange women's open prison, near York - where the ex-hairdresser is now housed after a parole board meeting last week that could see her freed from prison before the end of August.

Andrews, who now calls herself Tia Carter - although her fellow lags still refer to her as Tracie - was featured on TV sobbing and bruised after concocting a story that Lee was killed by a mystery driver in a road rage incident as they drove home to their flat in Alvechurch, Worcs.

Members of the public use the jail's hair salon, where inmates are studying for hair and nail qualifications, and Andrews is understood to have taken an interest when stylists from the Benson Hefti Partnership in Guiseley, North Yorks, presented a tutorial for hairdressing students at Askham Grange.

Only recently Andrews - seen here wearing a fashionable new £70 suede style gilet - was passing on hairdressing tips to con pals as they bought beauty products in York's Boots, Superdrug and Poundland stores.

An eye-witness said: 'She was passing on tips about which products are best and telling her friends from jail about the most suitable dye for their hair types.

'She gets money off pen pals who somehow feel sorry for her and she spends those funds on shopping expeditions into the city.

'It is sickening and relatives of Lee must be wondering how one of Britain's most reviled prisoners can be getting such fantastic treatment and where the money is coming from.

'She even practises her dying techniques on her own head of hair and has changed from blonde to mousy brown to dark brunette in recent months.

'She is clearly keen to try and pick up where she left off with the hairdressing and rumour has it that she has even cut the governor's hair to curry favour inside.

'She wants to quietly slip back outside and blend in with the rest of society.

'People would be horrified if they ended up in a hair salon and Andrews was holding sharp scissors giving them a trim.

'She is clearly as deluded as some of her so-called fans if she really believes she can go back to her old profession when she is released.'

The parole board is set to make a decision in three weeks and she could be released from Askham Grange open prison a fortnight later. For the first three months it is understood she would be forced to live under curfew at a bail hostel.


Andrews loses appeal

BBC.co.uk

October 14, 1998

The woman jailed for life for murdering her fiancé, whom she said was killed in a road-rage attack, has lost her appeal.

Three judges in London announced their decision on Tracie Andrews, 29, who denied stabbing lover Lee Harvey more than 30 times.

She was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court in July 1997.

Mr Harvey's sister, Michelle, 29, said: "I just want the bitch to rot in hell."

"She would not show her face today. She knows she was not getting out. I think she should hang."

Although she had been brought to the court building, Andrews waived her right to appear before the judges.

The dead man's mother, Maureen, echoed her daughter's thoughts: "I still believe that life should mean life. I am happy with the result. Justice has been done."

Ray Harvey hugged and kissed his wife and said: " We now want to draw a line under Tracie Andrews and start to rebuild our lives."

"She should stay where she is as far as we are concerned. The past two years have been an enormous burden for our family."

"Overwhelming evidence secured her conviction. She knows she murdered our son. She knows and the world knows."

The family then walked to a nearby pub to celebrate.

Tracie Andrews' mother, Irene, was helped sobbing from the court after the hearing.

Both she and her daughter's natural father, John, refused to speak to the media.

'Damaging publicity'

Andrews claimed she was the victim of a miscarriage of justice because of "damaging" publicity surrounding her case and has urged the court to find her murder conviction "unsafe".

Lord Justice Roch, sitting with Mr Justice Laws and Mr Justice Butterfield, reserved their judgement last week after listening to arguments put forward by Mr Ronald Thwaites QC on Andrews' behalf and by Mr David Crigman QC, for the Crown.

In a summary of the court's judgement, Lord Justice Roch said: "We do not consider that this jury was prevented from reaching a proper verdict by the reporting in the media of this case on either of the issues this jury had to decided, namely whether they were sure it was the appellant who had killed Lee Harvey and secondly whether they were sure that the possibility of this being a case of manslaughter by reason of provocation had been excluded by the Crown.

"We have already indicated the strength of the prosecution's case against the appellant and the conclusion we have reached is that there is nothing unsafe in her conviction."

'Risk to fair trial'

The former model and barmaid, who is serving her sentence at Bullwood Hall jail, Essex, was found beside Mr Harvey's body on 1 December 1996, after they stopped during a row as they drove towards their flat in The Becks, Alvechurch, Worcs.

The prosecution's case was that she had attacked him with an imitation Swiss Army knife before concocting a story about her fiancé being the victim of a road-rage attack by a "fat man with staring eyes".

It was alleged by the Crown during Andrews' trial that Mr Harvey, 25, was left dead in the road clutching strands of his lover's hair as she fled the murder scene at Coopers Hill, Alvechurch, with the knife she had used to attack him tucked in her stiletto boot.

In the appeal hearing Mr Thwaites told the judges that the trial judge, Mr Justice Buckley, "seriously underestimated the risks to a fair trial and to the appearance of fairness created by the pre-trial publicity and by the on-going publicity especially in the locality from which the jury panel was chosen".

He also allegedly "failed to take any or any reasonable steps to assess the existence and extent of the said risks" and further "failed to take any or any adequate steps to reduce those risks".

'Unmitigated wickedness'

Mr Thwaites said the most damaging publicity followed the charging of Andrews just before Christmas 1996.

"Her name and picture quickly became synonymous with unmitigated wickedness, cunning and duplicity in the collective public mind."

Pre-trial publicity, he claimed, had portrayed her as a "female terrorist, a firebrand, a knifewoman".

But Mr Crigman said this was an exaggeration and that the defence had in fact "courted" the very publicity they were now complaining about.

There had been no miscarriage of justice and the trial judge had acted with "great prudence and fairness."

 

 

 
 
 
 
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