A TEACHER sleeps with a knife under her pillow after unwittingly rejecting a murderer at a Cambridge speed dating event.
Caroline Anderson, 42, said she was bombarded with messages from ex-convict Dempsey Hawkins, even though she put a cross next to his name.
Ms Anderson later spotted a story about him in a newspaper and recognised his distinctive first name. Now she is so worried he will find her address she is sleeping with a baseball bat, hockey stick and kitchen knife by her bed and has taken a lodger. London-born Hawkins, 58, was deported back to Britain after serving 38 years in a US jail.
At the age of 16, he strangled his 14-year-old girlfriend Susan Jacobson and stuffed her body in an oil drum.
Ms Anderson said they had an ‘intense’ conversation at the dating night last September, but she was unnerved by his ‘piercing’ eyes and rejected him.
But Hawkins got her number and sent a string of messages, including one inviting her to ‘hang out in the middle of nowhere’.
Ms Anderson said: ‘I went to police and they said there was nothing they could do. He shouldn’t be allowed to roam around.’