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.
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.
Caroline only realised his true identity after spotting a story about him in a newspaper, where she recognised his distinctive first name.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the two hour session was over Hawkins approached Caroline to ask her out for a drink but she turned him down, she claims.
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.
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.
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.