Child killer Theresa Riggi found dead in secure hospital — (The Telegraph)

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A mother who killed her three children in Edinburgh during a bitter custody battle with her estranged husband has been found dead at a secure hospital in England.

Theresa Riggi, 49, who is thought to have taken her own life, was serving 16 years in prison after admitting the culpable homicide of her eight-year-old twins and five-year-old daughter.

After stabbing the children to death she jumped from a balcony at their second-floor flat in in August 2010 in a bid to take her own life.

The Californian, who feared she would lose the children to her husband Pasquale, an oil industry engineer in Aberdeen, admitted culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

She told him in a chilling phone call before stabbing the children that he should “say goodbye”.

Riggi used a different knife to kill each of the children before laying their bodies side by side and tried to cover up their deaths with a botched attempt to cause a major gas explosion in the flat.

She was moved to Rampton Secure Hospital near Retford, Notts, in recent weeks after she was allegedly disfigured by a fellow inmate at Cornton Vale women’s prison near Stirling.

Nottinghamshire Police said officers were called to the hospital, which has treated some of the country’s most notorious child killers, at about 2am on Monday. A spokesman said the death was “unexplained but non-suspicious” and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

Psychiatrists told Riggi’s trial in 2011 that the immaculately groomed mother was excessively controlling, had an abnormal and obsessive love for her children and suffered from narcissistic, paranoid and histrionic personality disorders.

Her husband said in a statement outside court after the case that the way in which his children died would leave an “indelible mark on the rest of my life”.

He added: “I will never forget Austin, Luke and Cecilia. They left everlasting impressions on me. I think about them at least 100 times each day. They are in my thoughts when I wake in the morning and before I go to sleep at night. As a father, my natural instincts were geared towards safeguarding my children from the dangers of this world.

“It pains me to the core that I was unable to protect them from the selfish, brutal and murderous act that ended their lives so unfairly.

“There is no justification for this heinous crime, repeated three times, nor is there any sentence that can provide justice for the overwhelming loss of three lives and the subsequent painful grief and devastation caused to surviving family and friends.”

Riggi stabbed twins Austin and Gianluca, and their sister Cecilia, eight times and tried to cover up their deaths with a gas explosion at the flat, before leaping from the balcony.

The attack happened several months after she left Aberdeenshire with the children following a bitter break-up.

 

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