Penny Jackson joked about hanging her husband months before he died

‘Pyjama murderer’ Penny Jackson posted sick April Fool’s joke about hanging her husband during lockdown months before she stabbed him to death on her 66th birthday

  • Penny Jackson, 66, posted a sick April Fool’s joke to her Facebook page
  • Mother-of-three Jackson was this week found guilty of murder by a jury 
  • The wealthy retired accountant stabbed her husband David, 78, to death 
  • She was sentenced by Judge Martin Picton to life, with a minimum of 18 years 
  • Penny Jackson posted a sick April Fool’s joke about hanging her husband during lockdown – just months before she stabbed him to death on her 66th birthday.

    The wealthy retired accountant murdered her husband David, 78, and calmly told police ‘I should have stabbed him more’ as he lay dying on February 13. 

    It today emerged Jackson made her Facebook cover photograph an image of a woman knitting a noose on April 1 last year – just ten months before she murdered her husband.

    A caption above the image read: ‘‘Quarantined with hubbie for two weeks – Gertrude is knitting something special for him!’ 

    Jackson was this week found guilty of murder by a jury of eight women and four men after 10 hours and 43 minutes of deliberations. Judge Martin Picton sentenced her to life, with a minimum term of 18 years.  

    It today emerged Penelope Jackson made her Facebook cover photograph an image of a woman knitting a noose on April 1 this year - just ten months before she murdered her husband

    It today emerged Penelope Jackson made her Facebook cover photograph an image of a woman knitting a noose on April 1 this year – just ten months before she murdered her husband

    The wealthy retired accountant (pictured) murdered her husband David, 78, and calmly told police 'I should have stabbed him more' as he lay dying on February 13

    The wealthy retired accountant (pictured) murdered her husband David, 78, and calmly told police ‘I should have stabbed him more’ as he lay dying on February 13

    Jackson was arrested in her pyjamas on the street outside the couple’s £450,000 luxury Somerset bungalow while her fourth husband lay bleeding on the kitchen floor inside.

    As she was taken into custody, Jackson said: ‘Do you usually have murderers where they’re wearing Marks & Spencer pyjamas?’ 

    The former Ministry of Defence accountant told Bristol Crown Court she lost control after decades of verbal and physical abuse. She claimed Retired Lieutenant Colonel David Jackson was a bully who pushed her to her limits until she could take no more. 

    It has been reported the Jackson’s seemingly happy marriage was actually plagued by infidelity and lies.

    But friends told the Daily Mail both sides were at fault, as they battled alcohol-fuelled rows sparked by the slightest thing. 

    Despite mother-of-three Jackson’s attempt to paint herself as a victim, she left three marriages before she wed Mr Jackson in 1996. 

    Jackson was arrested in her pyjamas on the street outside the couple's £450,000 luxury Somerset bungalow while her fourth husband lay bleeding on the kitchen floor inside. Pictured, the couple together

    Jackson was arrested in her pyjamas on the street outside the couple’s £450,000 luxury Somerset bungalow while her fourth husband lay bleeding on the kitchen floor inside. Pictured, the couple together








    One of her former brothers-in-laws said: ‘I can’t honestly see Penny, especially the way she’s disposed of three other husbands, being someone who would take abuse for all those years.’ 

    Stewart Warrender, whose brother Alan, Penny’s third husband, killed himself in 1993 after Penny left him, added: ‘Narcissistic is probably the best word for the way she is. No empathy. For somebody to be like that there’s got to be something wrong with them.’  

    In court, David’s daughter from his first marriage, Jane Calverley, described Penny as more than her husband’s equal, saying she would ‘bait him’.

    ‘He would squirm and look embarrassed, especially if we were out in company,’ she said.

    One friend, Veronica Statham, said of Penny: ‘She could become quite overwhelming after a few drinks.’ 

    Crime scene: The Somerset bungalow owned by Penny and David Jackson, as seen on February 13 with officers outside

    Crime scene: The Somerset bungalow owned by Penny and David Jackson, as seen on February 13 with officers outside

    Pictured: Their daughter Isabelle Potterton (centre) on her wedding day with parents Penelope Jackson (left) and David (right)

    Pictured: Their daughter Isabelle Potterton (centre) on her wedding day with parents Penelope Jackson (left) and David (right)

    David’s brother, Alan Jackson, told the Mail this week he was an ‘arrogant bully’ and that ‘Penny learned not to answer back when there was an argument brewing and they’d been drinking’.

    Jackson’s daughter said that her mother ‘could get carried away and get a bit loud’.

    Jackson married her first husband, builder Melvyn Porter, in Weston-super-Mare in November 1972, aged 17. Their first daughter, Rebecca, was born a year later; their second, Victoria, in 1977. When the youngest was two, Jackson walked out. 

    In April 1981, 26-year-old Jackson married husband number two, fellow Ministry of Defence civil servant Tony Rothwell. In court she claimed that their ‘loving friendship’ ‘fizzled out’ and they divorced.  

    Jackson was 32 when she married her third husband, 39-year-old Alan Warrender, an RAF chief technician, in January 1988. His first wife had died 18 months earlier from cancer and while Penny’s own two daughters were not living with her, she became stepmother to Alan’s two daughters.

    She gave birth to her third daughter, Isabelle, in October 1990 by which time the family were living in Grantham in Lincolnshire.








    The final, fatal blow was delivered after he had dialled 999, with the emergency services still on the line. When police arrived, they found Jackson’s handwritten confession (pictured)

    The final, fatal blow was delivered after he had dialled 999, with the emergency services still on the line. When police arrived, they found Jackson’s handwritten confession (pictured)

    Two years later, while 43-year-old Alan was working in Saudi Arabia, Penny began an affair with the man who would become her fourth husband. After Alan took his own life in April 1993, his inquest, which found he died by carbon monoxide poisoning, was reported beneath the headline: ‘Man took his life after marital stress’.

    ‘He was found in the garage. He was drunk apparently, emotional, because she’d been having an affair,’ his brother, Stewart Warrender, said. ‘I was never fully satisfied with the inquest verdict. I was sceptical of a suicide. It could be more coercion. I feel strongly it wasn’t properly investigated. I’ve always thought that.’

    He added that there was ill-feeling in the family because Penny ‘benefited enormously’ from Alan’s death. ‘Alan’s kids from his first marriage didn’t get a bean. Penny inherited everything and was entitled to his pension too.’

    Jackson and David married in 1996, by which time they were living near an army base in Hampshire and raising Penny’s youngest daughter, Isabelle, to believe that David was her real father. She didn’t discover the truth until, as a teenager, she was contacted by one of her half-sisters from Alan Warrender’s first marriage.

    Further tragedy followed when, two years after Penny and David’s wedding, David’s 28-year-old son Gavin, from his first marriage, took his own life, leaving a suicide note in which he is said to have written that he didn’t want to end up like his father. 

    In court, Jackson alleged that David became aggressive in the wake of Gavin’s suicide. Her daughter Isabelle agreed, and said when she was eight, David held a knife to her mother’s throat. 

    Another time, he pinned her mother against the wall and he once smashed the mug Isabelle had bought for Mother’s Day. David’s brother, Alan Jackson, told the Mail that he could be an ‘arrogant bully’.

    ‘No-one deserves to die the way he did but I can believe that Penny would have been pushed to her limits,’ he said. ‘I don’t think anyone will ever really know what kind of a life she had with David.’  

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