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Teachers sleeps with knife under pillow after teen murderer messages her

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A teacher has started sleeping with a kitchen knife under her pillow after a convicted murderer got her number during a speed dating event.

Caroline Anderson, 42, says she met Dempsey Hawkins, 58, at a singles night in Cambridge, where the pair were required to sit down for a one-on-one date.

But after an intense conversation, she decided she wasnt interested and put a cross by his name.

Rex Features Ltd. do not claim any Copyright or License of the attached image Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (8436550a) Dempsey Hawkins, 57, who strangled his 14-year-old girlfriend Susan Jacobson on Staten Island, New York, in May 1976, pictured here in a 2011 mugshot issued by the New York State Department of Corrections Convicted murderer deported back to the UK - 27 Feb 2017 Dempsey Hawkins, 57, who strangled his 14-year-old girlfriend Susan Jacobson on Staten Island, New York, in May 1976, pictured here in a 2011 mugshot issued by the New York State Department of Corrections. London-born Hawkins, then 16, lured the teenager to an underground bunker and strangled her with his shirt sleeve, before stuffing her lifeless body in an oil drum. He was arrested two years later and sentenced to 22 years in jail. He finally confessed to the killing 20 years later. Hawkins was repeatedly turned down for parole but was eventually granted his freedom on the basis he was sent back to England. He has now been deported back to Britain and is living in Cambridge despite being ruled as too dangerous to be released in America and his victim's family fear he could kill again. He is working at a Mexican restaurant in Cambridge run by the husband of Cambridge University criminology expert Dr Ruth Armstrong, who campaigned for his release.

Dempsey Hawkins, 57, who strangled his 14-year-old girlfriend Susan Jacobson on Staten Island, New York, in May 1976 (Picture: Rex Features)

Ms Anderson claims she was then left shocked when she started receiving a string of flirty WhatsApp messages from her new admirer – despite never giving him her number.

She says 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.

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Caroline only realised his true identity after spotting a story about him in a newspaper, where she recognised his distinctive first name.

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Hawkins 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.

Caroline is now terrified hell discover her address and so sleeps with a baseball bat, hockey stick and a kitchen knife next to her bed.

Caroline Anderson. See SWNS story SWTPdate; A teacher claims she was bombarded with "creepy" messages from a notorious teen murderer -- after she rejected him at a speed dating night. Brit Dempsey Hawkins, 58, who 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 fellow dater Caroline Anderson, 45, she put a cross next to his name.

Caroline Anderson claims she was bombarded with “creepy” messages from the notorious teen murderer (Picture: Caroline Anderson / SWNS)

One of the messages Dempsey Hawkins sent to Caroline Anderson. See SWNS story SWTPdate; A teacher claims she was bombarded with "creepy" messages from a notorious teen murderer -- after she rejected him at a speed dating night. Brit Dempsey Hawkins, 58, who 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 fellow dater Caroline Anderson, 45, she put a cross next to his name.

One of the messages Dempsey Hawkins sent to Caroline Anderson (Picture: Caroline Anderson / SWNS)

She said: I cant take any chances. He took my number without my knowledge. He knows I live in the area so its only a matter of time before he knows my address.

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Hes unhinged. He shouldnt be allowed to roam around.

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

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

One of the messages Dempsey Hawkins sent to Caroline Anderson. See SWNS story SWTPdate; A teacher claims she was bombarded with "creepy" messages from a notorious teen murderer -- after she rejected him at a speed dating night. Brit Dempsey Hawkins, 58, who 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 fellow dater Caroline Anderson, 45, she put a cross next to his name.

Caroline says she is petrified after Dempsey Hawkins began messaging her (Picture: Caroline Anderson / SWNS)

At the time I thought it was weird that he was there for so long but I didnt call him up on it. I was there to have a good time.

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After the two hour session was over Hawkins approached Caroline to ask her out for a drink but she turned him down, she claims.

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The next morning Caroline was shocked to find he had texted her saying Sweet Caroline, really great to have met you last night.

He had apparently added that meeting her had been the highlight of my time her in Britain and it would be nothing short of a tragedy if we didnt become friends.

One of the messages Dempsey Hawkins sent to Caroline Anderson. See SWNS story SWTPdate; A teacher claims she was bombarded with "creepy" messages from a notorious teen murderer -- after she rejected him at a speed dating night. Brit Dempsey Hawkins, 58, who 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 fellow dater Caroline Anderson, 45, she put a cross next to his name.

Hawkins sent Caroline half a dozen more unanswered messages over two weeks (Picture: Caroline Anderson / SWNS)

Caroline Anderson. See SWNS story SWTPdate; A teacher claims she was bombarded with "creepy" messages from a notorious teen murderer -- after she rejected him at a speed dating night. Brit Dempsey Hawkins, 58, who 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 fellow dater Caroline Anderson, 45, she put a cross next to his name.

Caroline says she went to the police who told her there was nothing they could do (Picture: Caroline Anderson / SWNS)

Caroline claims she didnt respond and her apparent screenshots show he sent her half a dozen more unanswered messages over two weeks.

Upon realising who he was, Caroline says she went to the police station, but was told there was nothing they could do.

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Caroline added: I see him on my commute to work and it fills me with fear. Considering his past who can blame me?

She added: Im completely petrified. Ive had to move a lodger in otherwise Id be a woman all by myself.

London-born Hawkins, then aged 16, killed girlfriend Susan Jacobson, 14, on Staten Island, New York, in May 1976 after a year of dating her.

It was claimed he killed her so she couldnt be with anyone else.Two years later, he was caught and sentenced to 22 years in prison, but didnt confess to the killing for 20 years.

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