When Katherine Knight (born in 1955 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia, and very well known for her extreme and sudden outbursts of anger) married her first romantic partner, an alcoholic co-worker David Kellett, her mother took the groom apart.
She said to him: “You better watch this one or she’ll fucking kill you. Stir her up the wrong way or do the wrong thing and you’re fucked, don’t ever think of playing up on her, she’ll fuckin’ kill you.“
Given this precedent, a few years later, not many people were surprised to know that she had killed her fourth partner, John Price: everyone was, however, immediately horrified at learning how she had done it and, more importantly, what she had done afterward.
This is a story of domestic violence, murder, and uncontrollable rage, an account of the first woman ever to have been sentenced to life without parole in Australia.
Keep on reading as we revise ten details on the story of Katherine Knight, the woman who turned her partner into stew.
10 Katherine's Beginnings
Like so many murderers and antisocials, Katherine’s life begins in a family of criminals and madmen. Ken Knight was an alcoholic who repeatedly used violence and psychological abuse to rape her mother up to ten times a day.
Her mother Barbara was a staunch misandrist, who nevertheless told Katherine to “put up with it and stop complaining” when she said to her that one of her partners wanted to try things in their sexual life that she wasn’t comfortable with: years before, in the small, conservative town of Tenterfield, nobody had lifted a finger at the sexual abuse that Katherine and her siblings suffered at the hands of the family.
9 A Bully
This turned Katherine into (or stimulated her to become) a tough person: calm during periods in which she would receive awards for good conduct, she would then explode in sudden outbursts of violent rage.
At school, she was a bully and attacked by a teacher acting in self-defense after violently attacking her first. She left school at fifteen without ever having learned how to read or write.