The Minds of Madness - True Crime Stories

On Saturday, August 14th, 2010 Sally Challen was with her husband Richard packing up their family home in Claygate Surrey England. The couple had been married for thirty-one years and were preparing to rent out the house so they could embark on a six-month adventure in Australia. That is, until later that afternoon, when Sally made a startling discovery. 

 

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Sources

“Emotional Sally Challen close to tears describing moment she killed 'abusive' husband.” Irish Mirror, September 19, 2019

https://www.irishmirror.ie/tv/emotional-sally-challen-close-tears-20095365

“Justice system smeared our mother, say Sally Challen’s sons.” The Guardian, June 8, 2019.

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/jun/08/sally-challen-sons-justice-system-smeared-our-mother

“My mother, Sally Challen, was branded a cold-blooded killer. At last, she has justice.” The Guardian, June 8, 2019.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/08/my-mother-sally-challen-killed-my-father-finally-justice

“Sally Challen abuse ordeal ‘like seeing curtain fall’.” BBC News, June 8, 2019

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-surrey-48566504

“Sally Challen ruling gives hope to other abused women jailed for murder.” Sky News, June 8, 2019

https://news.sky.com/story/sally-challen-ruling-gives-hope-to-other-abused-women-jailed-for-murder-11737867

“CPS accepts Sally Challen’s manslaughter plea.” CPS, June 7, 2019

https://www.cps.gov.uk/south-east/news/accepts-sally-challens-manslaughter-plea

“Sally Challen: Husband ‘controlled the world around her’.” Sky News, June 7, 2019

https://news.sky.com/story/sally-challens-story-driven-to-murder-after-years-of-abuse-11553940

“Sally Challen: No fresh trial over husband murder.” BBC News, June 7, 2019

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-surrey-48554239?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/cglkv3nvv48t/sally-challen-murder-case&link_location=live-reporting-story

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/07/sally-challen-will-not-face-retrial-for-killing-husband

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygyObQ7249c

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https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/features/home-truths/5069956.article

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http://theconversation.com/why-sally-challens-appeal-is-not-a-win-for-women-victims-of-coercive-control-112869

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https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/press-conference-held-after-sally-challen-murder-conviction-quashed-over-husbands-death/vi-BBUhqtP

“She beat her husband’s head in with a hammer. Now, her murder conviction has been tossed.” The Washington Post, March 1, 2019

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/03/01/she-beat-her-husbands-head-with-hammer-now-her-murder-conviction-has-been-tossed/

“The Sally Challen appeal will give hope to abused women.” New Statesman, March 1, 2019

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/feminism/2019/03/sally-challen-appeal-will-give-hope-abused-women

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https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/challen-approved.pdf

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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-47407204?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/cglkv3nvv48t/sally-challen-murder-case&link_location=live-reporting-story

“Sally Challen: Hammer killer wife in 'landmark' appeal.” BBC News, February 27, 2019

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-surrey-47381476?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/cglkv3nvv48t/sally-challen-murder-case&link_location=live-reporting-story

“The potential impact of the Sally Challen case.” Stowe Family Law, February 27, 2019

https://www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk/blog/2019/02/27/the-potential-impact-of-the-sally-challen-case/

“‘My mum killed my dad with a hammer but I want her freed’.” BBC News, January 3, 2019

https://www.bbc.com/news/education-46111655?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/cglkv3nvv48t/sally-challen-murder-case&link_location=live-reporting-story

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RCEQpIot34

“It is not in the public interest to make Sally Challen go through another trial for murder.” Change.org petition, n.d.

https://www.change.org/p/crown-prosecution-service-cps-it-is-not-in-the-public-interest-to-make-sally-challen-go-through-another-trial-for-murder?use_react=false

“Justice for Women.” Organization website, n.d.

https://www.justiceforwomen.org.uk/what-we-do

“What is coercive control?” Women’s Aid, n.d.

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/coercive-control/

Sally Challen at end of 'long road' after admitting manslaughter of husband

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUsr1i7tvJ8

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