Episode 2 The Calculated Murder of Joanne Nelson

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When detective superintendent Ray Higgins saw Paul Dyson’s image appear on the tv screen, he must have felt somewhat surprised because he had no idea that Dyson, the fiance of the woman whose disappearance he was currently investigating, was going to give the appeal that he was currently watching live on his local news channel…

When detective superintendent Ray Higgins saw Paul Dyson’s image appear on the tv screen, he must have felt somewhat surprised because he had no idea that Dyson, the fiance of the woman whose disappearance he was currently investigating, was going to give the appeal that he was currently watching live on his local news channel.

Paul Dyson held onto a handkerchief and sobbed as he described the last time he had seen his fiance, Joanne, 3 days earlier on the morning of February 14th 2005. He told the local news crew, quote, ‘In the morning, erm, because I couldn’t get Valentine’s day off, erm, we swapped cards, upstairs. I gave her a kiss and a cuddle, got ready for work. She was gonna get her head down for another hour or so,’ Dyson continued, ‘I kissed her goodbye and went to work. That was it until I got home from work and she was not here. I had a quick phone around. If she disappears to her friends or anywhere she lets me know,’ end quote. 

When asked what Joanne meant to him, Dyson, his voice full of emotion, replied, ‘She’s the only person I truly love. I wanna know where she is. I want her back.’

Detective superintendent Ray Higgins was watching as well as listening to the live broadcast closely. as the cameras zoomed in on Paul Dyson’s hands, because it was at this very moment that he knew that he wasn’t watching a genuine appeal for help from a concerned partner, but a performance being given by the man who had most likely killed his missing fiance. 

‘I love her to bits,’ Dyson weeped, ‘She is one in a million and was always smiling. I need to know where she is and that she is safe. If someone knows where she is, please let us know.’ 

Hello I’m Fiona and welcome to Turned Up Dead. The true crime story I’m going to tell you today is of the calculated murder of Joanne Nelson.

At the time of her disappearance, Joanne Nelson was 22 years old. She lived in Hull, a city in North Yorkshire in the UK in a house she owned with her 30-year-old fiance Paul Dyson. They were about two years into their relationship and Joanne had hoped they would honeymoon in Mexico. Photographs show the couple smiling and Joanne’s family believed she had met a man who was devoted to her. But what they had seen of Dyson was a facade; what lay beneath was a deceitful and abusive monster. 

Shortly before 9pm on Valentine’s Day 2005, Paul Dyson called police and reported Joanne missing. Dyson starts by saying, quote, ‘Hello there, um, my fiancé I- I don’t know where she is, I just want to report somebody missing.’ end quote.

When asked her name, Dyson answered, quote, ‘It’s Joanne Nelson. Joanne Jean Nelson,’ end quote, and without any prompting, he continued, quote, ‘I’m assuming she’s been to work and that but it’s just that the car’s parked further up the road and the doors are unlocked. It’s- I’ve been trying to hold of her on the phone since I’ve got in but there’s no answer, nobody seems to know hide nor hair of her.’

When the operator asked if there had been any argument or if Joanne was depressed, Dyson replied quote, ‘No, there’s nothing like that, no, erm, it’s just completely out of character for her,’ end quote. When the call had finished, Dyson joined Joanne’s family in a door-to-door search for her or any information about her whereabouts. 

Within hours, detective superintendent Ray Higgins had been assigned the case. 

At the couple’s home, their valentine’s day cards were displayed above the fireplace and the only thing that seemed to be amiss in the house was that Joanne, along with her purse, phone, work clothes, and the ring Dyson had surprised her with for valentine’s day, wasn’t there. Just as Paul Dyson had said, and in line with Joanne being absent from work that day, her Renault Clio was parked further up the road with its doors were unlocked. 

Perhaps the idea that something had happened to Joanne as she was leaving for work had crossed the detective superintendent’s mind, however being the experienced officer he was, and considering that the only sighting of Joanne on the morning of her disappearance had been by Paul Dyson, I wouldn’t be surprised if the detective had already began to doubt Dyson’s version of events.

In the Hull episode of Murdertown, which featured Joanne’s disappearance, a woman who lived on the couple’s street told of her husband opening their door around 8am one morning, which I think must have been February 15th, to find Paul Dyson in tears on their doorstep. Standing alongside Joanne’s father, Dyson told his neighbour of her disappearance and asked if they had seen Joanne.

News that a young woman in the area had disappeared spread throughout the community and on February 16th, even more people heard of Joanne Nelson when Dyson gave his emotional TV appeal.Something not heard in the short clips of the appeal online, was the following quote, which The Independent newspaper reported as a curious choice of words for Dyson to have used. He said, quote, ‘I just pray she is all right. There is no way I would do anything to harm her and I don’t know anyone who had a grudge,’ end quote. They are a curious choice of words; it seems an odd thing for an innocent person to think of saying during an appeal for help for a missing loved one. Would denying their own involvement be on an innocent person’s mind in that situation? My feeling is that they would be more focused on the missing person, rather than their own actions. I do however believe a person who had been involved in their partner’s disappearance, and was being deceptive in an appeal such as this, would be very focused on how they present themselves and what they say. With his tears and words of love for Joanne, Dyson was certainly trying to make people believe he hadn’t done anything to harm her. Though interestingly, he wasn’t very direct with his words. He chose to say, ‘There is no way I would do anything to harm her,’ not ‘I didn’t harm her.’ I can quite honestly and easily tell you that there’s no way I would do anything to harm my sister. But if I told you that I have never or didn’t harm her, I would be lying; as would almost everyone who grew up with siblings! Imagine you forget your anniversary and your partner asks, ‘Did you forget our anniversary?’ You did, and of course you know you did, but you’re going to try to get away with it by being deceptive. It would be less stressful to say ‘There is no way I would forget,’ than it would be to outright lie and convincingly say, ‘I didn’t forget.’ 

Something that often gives the guilty away, is the use of past tenses when referring to them. Dyson did this when he said, ‘She was always smiling.’ 

If I had heard Dyson say these things at the time it was broadcast, my suspicions would certainly have been raised, but what I probably wouldn’t have noticed during Dyson’s appeal-performance was what made him detective superintendent Higgin’s prime suspect. As the camera focused on Dyson’s hands, Higgins noticed two crescent shaped marks; one on the back of each of Dyson’s thumbs. Higgins explains this in the documentary Faking It: Tears of a Crime, quote, ‘In the interview, there was two marks on his thumbs. I knew from dealing with previous assaults and murders that involved strangulation the first thing a victim will do is try and pull those hands away from their neck.’

Dyson finished his appeal completely unaware that the head of the team of police investigating Joanne’s disappearance now strongly suspected him of having seriously harmed Joanne.

After the appeal, the major incident team at Humberside Police started to really look into Dyson’s background and, surprise surprise, they found that he had a history of violence against the women he had been in relationships with.

A woman who was Dyson’s girlfriend in 1993, told police that Dyson would pace up and down, hit the walls, and grab her to stop her leaving during arguments. In the summer of 1999 Dyson proposed to a woman named Jenny after knowing her for only 2 weeks and they married a few months later in November. On their wedding night, Jenny discovered who she had really married. The newlyweds had found themselves outside, arguing on the street just hours after exchanging vows. Dyson was known to have a temper and that night, it showed up. He raised his fist and the next thing Jenny remembered was waking up on her first morning of being married with an aching face and a cut on her knee that was bad enough to need stitches. This was the first of many public arguments for the couple but despite this, a couple of weeks short of their one year wedding anniversary, they had a daughter who they named Chloe. 

During the course of their marriage, Dyson would do something to Jenny, which he called ‘sleeping her out’ and it’s quite disturbing; he would put her in a neck lock and squeeze until she passed out. Apparently he found this funny. Luckily for Jenny, the marriage wasn’t to last and they separated in 2001 and later divorced. It wasn’t very long after that, either at the end of 2002 or at the beginning of 2003, that Dyson met and started a relationship with Joanne. He was a doorman at the Mint bar and club and Joanne was there on a night out with friends. 

Not long after Joanne disappeared, Dyson started asking around about the possibility of getting a DNA profile from skin.

On the 17th of February, Joanne’s parents, Jean and Charlie Nelson, gave a televised plea for any information regarding her whereabouts. Whereas I couldn’t find any video of this, I did find a photograph of them during it and it clearly shows the pain they’re in. During the plea Joanne’s mum said quote, ‘I just want to say to Joanne that regardless of what you may think no one else is cross with you and we want you to please come home,’ end quote. She directly appealed for anyone who had any information about Joanne’s disappearance, to contact police. Having broken down in tears, Joanne’s mum continued, quote, ‘Everyone she has ever known has only positive things to say about her. She is very close to all of her family and she wouldn’t do anything to upset us. If anyone knows where she is please tell her we love her so much and want her back,’ end quote.

On the morning of February 18th, an underwater search team began to search a large drainage channel that ran through fields near Joanne and Dyson’s home. Nearby wasteland was also searched using helicopters. Detective superintendent Ray Higgins told the paper quote, ‘We are very concerned. we are hopeful for a positive outcome but is the hours and days go by that is becoming far less likely,’ end quote.

From what I gather must have been later on that day, Dyson’s mother, Christine, contacted police and told them that her son had admitted to killing Joanne. She hadn’t heard this first hand from her son, but through a friend of his. She reported that this friend had told her that Dyson had confessed to him that he had strangled Joanne to death in their home, over an argument about doing the laundry. 

Dyson had been interviewed extensively by police but until this point, he had denied any involvement in Joanne’s disappearance and had kept up his act of the concerned innocent partner. When police revealed that his own mother had turned him in, Dyson admitted that he had been lying and confessed. Apparently after he confessed he cried quote, ‘Good God! What have I done.’ I think this was another performance; he knew damn well what he had done.

Paul Dyson was arrested on the night of February 18th 2005 on suspicion of murder.

But rather than do what I think is the only anywhere near decent thing that you can do after killing somebody like this and tell police what he had done with her body, Dyson told police that he couldn’t remember where he had left Joanne. The only thing he said he could remember about the place, was that it was an area of countryside which he had got to by passing through a steel gate which was supported by two wooden posts with netting on either side with some broken bottles on the ground nearby. He remembered that you could only open the gate one way and he had left Joanne’s body in a dip further on from that gate.

The following day, as Joanne and Dyson’s house was forensically examined, leaflets  appealing for help to find Joanne were handed out at a local football game and what would go on to become the largest search Humberside Police had ever undertaken, set out in the hope of finding and returning Joanne to her family. 

On Monday 21st February, after being granted an extra 36 hours to hold and question Dyson, and without yet finding Joanne’s body, the police charged him with her murder.

The search continued through awful weather but sadly, after weeks, the closest thing they had found to Joanne was what police believed to be her handbag, which had been discarded on a railway line about a mile from her and Dyson’s home.

The places they had been searching were spread over a huge area of countryside and, given the little information they had from Dyson, there was still a lot of ground to cover.  Desperately needing to narrow down their search, Humberside police turned to forensic ecologist Patricia Wiltshire. Patricia Wiltshire has worked on many high profile crimes and played a key part in linking Ian Huntley to the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in 2002. 

Patricia Wiltshire was given access to Joanne’s, Dyson’s footwear, and a garden fork. Within this she was able to extract a type of ecological DNA of where these items have been. In the mud from the wheels of Joanne’s car, Patricia discovered several pollens, including some from yew; an evergreen tree which is rare in the area, and that of western hemlock, birch and hornbeam trees. This combined with her expertise enabled her to inform police that the car had driven through an open area and into some woodland. Patricia described it is being quite easy to envisage a location if you have enough trace evidence. She told the whole daily mail quote, ‘When I got access to his car, footwear, and a garden fork I was able to predict and describe the place and I said she won’t be buried, she’ll be in a hollow covered in birch twigs,’ end quote. Patricia was then able to use botanical maps to find where the species she found grew in close proximity, and this led the search to some woods north of York.

Armed with this information, and the description they had of the gate, detective superintendent Ray Higgins and detective constable Gadd drove to the area Patricia Wiltshire had identified looking for the best places for their search teams to start on. But when detective Higgins spotted a steel gate which was supported by two wooden posts with netting on either side, they immediately pulled over. The police detectives walked through the gate which opened outwards, just had Dyson had described. They followed the path leading from the gate through some open grassland, past some heather, and up to a wooded area where Detective constable Gadd took a path to the right, and detective Higgins continued straight. When Higgins got to a large dip, or hollow to use Patricia Wiltshire’s words, he almost immediately saw something wrapped in bin bags; an attempt had been made to conceal it with birch twigs. After 39 days of searching Joanne had been found.

The road was soon blocked off and the area forensically searched. Despite not being formally identified, in all likelihood, it was Joanne that they had found so her parents were informed that night. The missing persons inquiry was now officially a murder inquiry.

The next day the body was confirmed to be Joanne by her family. Later that day, a postmortem examination concluded that she had been manually strangled to death.

Joanne’s parents released a statement thanking the police and everyone who had been involved in finding Joanne.

The coroner’s inquest was adjourned until after the police investigation and subsequent criminal proceedings and the coroner instructed that Joanne’s body be released to her family. Joanne’s funeral was held at the beginning of April. 

As her coffin was carried into the chapel of Hull crematorium, the song The Sea by Morcheeba was played. It’s a beautiful song which opens with the lines ‘Flocking to the sea, crowds of people wait for me’. More than 200 people had come to say goodbye to Joanne and her 19-year-old sister Katie, was brave enough to give a tribute. She said quote, ‘Anyone who knew Joanne knew she was a wonderful person. She was fun-loving, high on life and bubbly,’ end quote.

Dyson, having already confessed to police, admitted that he had unlawfully killed Joanne and later formally pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but not murder, and to this day he hasn’t given a full account of what happened when he killed 22-year-old Joanne Nelson.

Using evidence gathered by police, the prosecution submitted that Joanne had been losing interest in her relationship with Dyson – I don’t know what evidence led the prosecution to reach this conclusion but the couple had been getting into regular arguments about domestic chores and I’m sure that if Joanne had to keep asking a 30 year old man to do such basic things around the house the lived in and doing so resulted in an argument every time, she was probably losing interest in him. Who would want a lifetime of that. It was widely reported that Dyson had lost his temper and killed Joanne over his inability to do a load of laundry. 

In the kitchen they shared, Dyson held his hands around Joanne’s neck and strangled her until she died. That would have taken a few minutes, during which Dyson continued to squeeze her neck. When he released his grasp, Joanne lay on the kitchen floor, he made no attempt to try to resuscitate her or call for help. Paul Dyson thought only of himself.

A member of staff in a local shop had contacted police after hearing of Joanne’s disappearance and seeing Dyson’s TV appeal. He had been into the store, and because the majority of the UK is covered by CCTV, Dyson could be seen on their security cameras buying bean bags, rubber gloves, and disinfectant spray. He then collected a garden fork from his mother’s and returned home. On his way into his house he stopped and talked briefly with a neighbor who asked Joanne was ok. Dyson told the neighbour, quote, ‘Yes, she’s fine,’ and there was mention of getting another cat.

Mr Wolseley, prosecuting, said, ‘He appeared his usual self. Back inside his house he used string to tie together the hands and feet of the lifeless Joanne. He then bundled her body into bin liner bags and secured them with tape.’

Dyson then carried Joanne’s body to the car and set out to find a place to dispose of it. He drove about 30 miles west, filled up with petrol and then headed an hour north until he got to a wooded area in North Yorkshire. He stopped the car in an isolated area near a distinctive metal gate and carried Joanne’s body more than 200 meters and into a dip. He dumped her body in the dip, which provided some concealment, and tried to further conceal it with branches.

Dyson then drove home and once back at the house, he took his next calculated step. He got rid of Joanne’s work clothes to coincide with his story that he had seen Joanne on valentine’s day morning and they had both left for work. In reality on valentine’s Day morning Dyson woke up in his house alone and went to work as he normally would, though he continued to set up his story; within earshot of a friend, Dyson held his phone to his ear and acted as if he were speaking with Joanne.

After work that day, Dyson visited the gym. He then returned to his empty house as he knew he would. If he hadn’t killed Joanne the night before, it would be unusual for her not to be home at this time, so Dyson called her phone and left messages asking where she was. He then called her friends and family and asked if any of them had heard from Joanne which of course they hadn’t. Joanne’s family were particularly worried because Joanne would always call home every day and her not doing so was highly unusual. Dyson then called the police and reported Joanne as missing.

On Monday 7th of November, Dyson’s trial began but it was only to last 30 minutes. Dyson spoke only to confirm his name and enter a changed plea of ‘guilty to murder.’ This was great news for Joanne’s friends and family, some of whom were in the public gallery; they wouldn’t have to endure the pain of a trial. Court was adjourned until the next day when Dyson would be sentenced.

Dyson was sentenced to life. Before sentencing him, the judge commented, quote, ‘You lost your temper and throttled Joanne Nelson, a vivacious 22-year-old woman, who you professed to love. Having done so, you practised upon her body hideous indignities. You tied her up, put her inside bin liners, bundled her into the boot of a car and set off on a macabre and calculated journey to find a hiding place,’ he continued, ‘You left her lying in a ditch. You went on TV and displayed a nauseating hypocrisy. You practised this deception upon Joanne’s family, leading them to think there may be some hope when there was none. The grief and torment they went through is scarcely to be imagined,’ end quote.

But in the UK, a life sentence rarely means a lifetime in prison; for what the sentencing judge called an unspeakably evil deed, Dyson was given a minimum term of 16 years, this is about the average time served by those given a life sentence in England and Wales.

In a statement after the sentencing, Joanne’s family said, quote, ‘We don’t feel sorry for ourselves. We feel sorry for Joanne, and the life she’ll miss out on. We consider ourselves lucky and privileged to be able to call Joanne our daughter and our sister.’ 

In October 2019, it was revealed that Dyson had been moved to an open prison after serving just 14 years. The idea of open prisons is that prisoners who provide a low risk to the public are allowed to leave the premises for specific purposes, such as employment; it’s a kind of stepping stone towards complete rehabilitation into society as such. This means that for the last 2 years of his life sentence Dyson would have been able to see his friends, hug his family, and work. Joanne’s family, very rightly so, were shocked to hear this. Joanne’s sister Katie told the Hull Daily Mail quote, ‘It is heartbreaking. It’s no time at all. to hear it was just sickening and unbelievable. I can’t make sense of it,’ end quote.

When Dyson was under consideration for being moved to the open prison, Joanne’s family were asked to send in a victim statement. About this, Joanne’s sister Katie said, quote, ‘My mum couldn’t be involved in it because we had to dredge everything up and send it over, and it has clearly had no impact. We had to think about it. It brought everything up.’ 

Paul Dyson will be eligible for parole next year and if the parole board believe that he is no longer a risk to the public he will be released. 


So, what do I think? Please remember that like Jon Snow, I know nothing; I have no background in law or law enforcement and these are purely my personal thoughts and opinions.

One of the things that makes me proud of my country is the focus our prisons have on rehabilitation. However, I don’t believe that every prisoner is able to be rehabilitated. From what I’ve read, I believe that Paul Dyson will forever pose a risk; not to the general public but definitely to the women that he pursues relationships with. If released after 16 years in November this year, 2021, Dyson will be 47 years old and really I don’t see him, whose friends said he thought himself a ladies’ man, suddenly turning to priesthood.

He may have left school with no qualifications, but Paul Dyson is not a stupid man. From the very moment he killed Joanne, he took steps to try to conceal his crime, and he came up with his heartless plan of action within hours. Dyson is certainly aware that he will only be granted parole if he is believed to have been rehabilitated and shows remorse for his actions. At the time of this recording, he’s had 15 years to come up with a plan to convince the parole officers of this. Paul Dyson is a performer. In the live TV appeal that he gave he knew that he needed to cry, show his love for Joanne, and how upset he was not to know where or how she was. Of course we know now that it was all an act, but he knew exactly what people expected to see from someone innocent so I believe he knows exactly what he needs to do to get his freedom; stay out of trouble, complete all the anger management courses and similar programmes available, take part in counseling and therapy sessions to show your commitment to being a changed person. I’m sure Dyson would have been putting on the performance of his life. I’m not sure if Dyson has taken part in courses and therapy sessions during his incarceration but it’s likely that he has as he was allowed to be moved to an open prison, so in that case could he actually be rehabilitated?

Of course never having met the man, I don’t know and I can’t possibly know if he really has been rehabilitated and won’t be a risk to any future partners, but going by what I’ve read, I very much doubt he has the characteristics of a person that is even able to be rehabilitated and show genuine remorse.

I mean, if someone can kill a person they supposedly love, with their bare hands in such a close personal manner, hide their body, and then stand with their family as they report them missing to the police, call a TV appeal to try to sell themself as innocent, and then not say where they left her body for 39 days – can a person who can do all that show genuine remorse?

The Hull daily Mail reported that after seeing Dyson’s tv appeal, his ex-wife said quote, ‘I knew he had done it because it was the same shameful expression I used to see. He was just feeling sorry for himself.’

I wish I knew if Dyson had any psychological evaluation when he claimed not to remember where he had left Joanne’s body, and if he did what the results of that was but my gut feeling is that he knew exactly where he had left her and he was hoping that she wouldn’t be found. Thankfully this wasn’t the case, but if that had happened, Dyson might have tried to get away with what he had done by arguing that, without a body, Joanne could be alive. I personally think this is what he was hoping for.

Dyson idolized a convicted killer; his own father. In 1966, his father attacked and stabbed a man named John Dickenson to death with a kitchen knife because Dickenson had had relations with his wife, the woman who would later become Dyson’s mother. Both men were 22 years old at the time and for this, Dyson’s father served 6 years and was released in 1973. Paul Dyson was born in 1974. In October Dyson was aware of his fathers violent past, but idolized him nonetheless. He grew up idolizing a violent man and then became one himself. Dyson’s friends’ nickname for him was Psycho even before he became a killer and his ex-wife told The Mirror quote, ‘It’s ironic that he’s gone on to kill, just like his father. He thought the world of him.’ I don’t think ironic is the right word though, I’d go as far as saying that it should have been predictable.

Killing Joanne wasn’t a one off incident during which Paul Dyson ‘snapped’ or lost control of himself. His actions were controlled and he has a history of domestic abuse. I believe killing Joanne was an escalation of the abuse we know he’s inflicted on his previous partners. Joanne was a petite woman and Dyson, who had worked as a doorman, had a brown belt in kickboxing, was a regular at the gym, and had violently abused to his previous partners, was physically much stronger than her, – he knew exactly how much harm he could cause and what the consequences of strangling Joanne for so long would be. He kept his hands around her neck and didn’t try to save her.

Of course no reasonable person would commit murder because they were asked to do the laundry, and neither did Paul Dyson. The violence Dyson implicated upon Joanne wasn’t because of laundry, or even anything to do with Joanne specifically; I think he killed her because he felt threatened in some way. He’s a bully and that’s exactly what bullies do. I also think that if Dyson hadn’t been in a relationship with Joanne, he would have continued his abuse with any other woman he had got into a relationship with and I believe Dyson will always be a threat to the women he has relationships with.

Joanne Jean Nelson was the daughter of Charlie and Jean and the older sister to Katie. At the time of her death Joanne worked in the Jobcentre in Hull but her aspirations went much further than that. She had previously been accepted to work as a volunteer in Ghana and although she hadn’t taken that up, she had talked about still wanting to travel the world. Joanne was progressing in her job and had ambitions for her career as well as wanting a family in the future. 

Joanne was clearly close to her own family; she called home everyday and her younger sister seemed to really look up to her. During her funeral, the reverend described Joanne as a talented sportswoman and mentioned how much she had already achieved in her 22 years. Her friends and family said she was loving and fun loving, bright and bubbly, and mischievous with a wonderful sense of humour.

Joanne’s sister said that there was no way that Joanne would have continued a relationship with Dyson had she known about his abusive past. 

Since International Women’s day on March 8th 2014, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme has been in place in England and Wales. It’s now in place throughout the UK and versions have also been taken up in Canada and Australia. The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is commonly known as Clare’s Law and was named after Care Wood; a woman who was killed by her ex-partner, a man who was well known to police for the abuse he had inflicted on previous partners. Clare’s Law allows police to disclose someone’s history of domestic violence to those at risk from it; such as a current partner. A right to know. It also allows the right to ask. This means that a member of the public can request information about a person’s history of abuse, that person can be someone they themselves are in a relationship with, or the partner of a family member or close friend. 

Had something like this been in place in 2005, it might have helped Joanne but although Clare’s Law was brought in with the best intentions, there is the argument that it places responsibility of what to do in a potentially or already abusive situation on the individual at risk of the abuse. This isn’t enough and more needs to be done. The effects of domestic abuse reach much further than the people being abused, it affects whole families and communities. This is similar to the effects peadophiles have on families and communities, however, when peadophiles are released from prison in the UK, the communities they are released into are warned. 

Laura Richards, expert on domestic abuse and stalking and host of Real Crime Profile podcast, is petitioning for serial and serious domestic abusers and stalkers to be registered in a similar way and Joanne’s sister Katie wants people to be aware that Dyson is out within someone’s community. Katie told the Hull Daily Mail quote, ‘We want to raise awareness and try to help others too. We want his face back in the public domain to remind people what he has done. Joanne isn’t going to live the life she was owed and he could do it again,’ end quote.

I’ve included a link to the petition to stop serial domestic violence perpetrators and stalkers abusing multiple women, which I encourage you to sign so that fewer people like Paul Dyson can continue to get away with their abuse until it escaletes to murder.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Turned Up Dead. 

Remember, if you listen carefully, even the words of liars will tell you the truth.

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