Jane Andrews was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire as the youngest of three children. During her teenage years, Andrews struggled with depression, panic attacks and an eating disorder which led to her attempting to commit suicide by overdosing at the age of 15 years old. Then when Andrews was 17 she fell pregnant and decided to have an abortion, which she has admitted was a traumatic experience to go through.
After finishing school Andrews enrolled in a fashion course which would lead to her getting a job designing children clothes at Mark’s & Spencer. At 21 years old Andrews came across an advertisement for a job as a personal dresser, 6 months later she was interviewed and then 4 days after being interviewed she began her new job as the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson’s personal dresser. She worked for the Duchess of York from 1988 till 1997, during her employment it was alleged that Andrews stole over $250,000 worth of jewellery from the Duchess of York’s suitcase in 1995 but this allegation has never been proven.
After a failed marriage and numerous failed relationships with high profile men that she met through her work, Andrews fell into a deep depression and ended up overdosing like she did when she was 15 years old. Then in 1998, a mutual friend introduced Andrews to Thomas Cressman, a former stockbroker who mixed with London’s elite socialites. It’s thought that because Andrews was struggling financially she moved into Cressman’s home early on in their relationship.
In September 2000, Andrews and Cressman went on a holiday to Italy where Andrews was expecting Cressman to propose to her but instead of that, she was told by Cressman that he had no intention of ever marrying her. After returning home on September 17th, 2000 the couple got into a heated argument which led to Cressman calling the police to tell them that “somebody is going to get hurt”, the police never responded to this call. Then whilst Cressman was asleep Andrews hit him with a cricket bar and then stabbed him to death.
After fleeing the murder scene, Andrews sent out messages to friends asking about Cressman’s wellbeing and whereabouts, acting like she had no idea that she had just killed him in his bed. Then Andrews disappeared for 4 days until police found her overdosed in her car, she survived this suspected suicide attempt and was brought in for questioning about the murder. Andrews told police that Cressman was being blackmailed and that she had no involvement in his murder, the police didn’t believe her and she was arrested and charged with his murder.
On April 23rd, 2001 Jane Andrews went on trial for the murder of her boyfriend Thomas Cressman. Prosecutors argued that Andrews was a woman scorned because Cressman was refusing to marry her but Andrews testified in her defence saying that Cressman was abusive during their relationship. After 12 hours of jury deliberations, Jane Andrews was found guilty of Thomas Cressman’s murder and sentenced to life in prison.
In November 2009, Andrews escaped from the East Sutton Park Prison in Kent and 3 days later she was recaptured in a hotel room where she was found to be with her family. On June 19th, 2015 Andrews was released from prison on licence with the intention of her being transitioned back into mainstream society but her licence was revoked in 2018 after she was accused of harassing a former partner, these claims were never proven to be true. On August 8th, 2019 Jane Andrews was released from prison on the condition that she resides in a bail hostel. Andrews now resides in Lincolnshire and recently was quoted as saying “I will always regret what I did – it was a terrible thing to do. But I deserve to live the rest of my life without always looking over my shoulder”.
Rest In Peace Thomas Cressman.