Mitchell Quy stood and watched as the police searched for his missing wife, and he even joined the search himself. Nobody expected him to be the one who killed her. Mitchell appeared to be a normal person. He had a lovely wife named Lynsey and a steady job as a casino croupier. He had two young children in 1998, when he was 23 years old.
Then the unthinkable occurred. On December 16, 1998, Lynsey vanished from the couple’s home in Southport, England. She was 21 years old.
Mitchell Quy invited the media into his home during the search for Lynsey. He made appearances on news talk shows. The devoted husband also called into radio shows. He insisted on not being involved in his wife’s disappearance. Quy claimed that Lynsey simply up and left one day and never returned.
Quy told the public at a police press conference, “She left without saying goodbye.” I expected her to return for the kids, but she clearly does not care about us anymore.”
Mitchell Quy reveled in the media spotlight. Everywhere he went, television cameras followed him. The media stood by as police searched the couple’s home with sensitive equipment in search of her body. Lynsey was never found by the investigators.
Mitchell pretended to be a concerned husband, claiming that Lynsey had abandoned him and the kids for another man. Anyone who knew Lynsey personally knew she would never abandon her children.
Mitchell once had a documentary filmmaker interview him. During the interviews, all he could talk about was himself, and he downplayed a lot of his destruction in the relationship; when a reporter asked if he had killed his wife, he said, “I’m not going to answer that question because I don’t need to.” He dismisses the question as “stupid,” before adding (with a smile) “wait and see.”
Mitchell’s act went on for 18 months, and he even claimed to have seen Lynsey around town, being driven in an expensive car or talking with another man, and that she had walked out on him and the children on Christmas Day.
The cops were at a loss because, while they suspected him, they had no evidence of wrongdoing. Her family also believed Lynsey died at the hands of Mitchell Quy.
Various searches around the house and in the surrounding area by investigators, family, friends, and volunteers yielded no clues as to what happened to Lynsey.
The police, however, were not going to stop there, and the investigation into Mitchell continued; they believed he had murdered his wife and were willing to go to any length to find out what had happened to her and finally put him behind bars where he belonged. Mitchell, on the other hand, had his own ideas, and he continued to court media attention and play the husband who had been so wronged by his wife and the police.
Mitchell even went so far as to mock the case’s lead investigator, badmouthing him and sending him a bottle of hair dye to (in his words) “cover up his greys and help his confidence.” He also sent Christmas cards to the police department.
Investigators discovered that Lynsey had scheduled a meeting with a divorce lawyer on December 15, 1998, but did not appear. She was last seen in public the day before, when she went to a local Post Office to replace a missing welfare check (which Mitchell had stolen).
Mitchell finally confessed
In June 2000, the public was made aware of the situation. That’s when a human torso was discovered in a shallow grave near a roller coaster at Merseyside’s Southport Pleasureland amusement park.
Mitchell Quy was finally charged with his wife’s murder on June 8, 2000. He’d admitted to strangling her, but the horror didn’t stop there; it only intensified. They dismembered Lynsey’s body in a bath tub with his brother Eliott. Mitchell told police that he severed Lynsey’s head, hands, and legs while his brother held the bags open. When all of this was going on, the children were in the house.
Prosecutors claimed Quy was a sadistic killer who reveled in the limelight. Lynsey’s murder was a crime of passion committed in the heat of the moment, but her husband’s media obsession turned it into a crime of near-constant debauchery.
How he killed Lynsey?
On December 16, 1998, the couple had an argument. Lynsey wished for a divorce. Mitchell grew enraged and strangled his wife. He pinned her to the ground for 20 minutes.
Quy needed a plan to dispose of her body after she died. Lynsey was placed on the couple’s bed, and towels were stuffed around the door to keep the smell away from the couple’s two young children.
The pair chopped up her body with the help of his brother Elliot. Elliot was a butcher, which came in handy when Mitchell requested that his wife’s body be disposed of.
Mitchell and Elliot threw Lynsey’s head and hands into a garbage can. Those body parts were never discovered. Quy could have gotten away with murder if it hadn’t been for her torso in the shallow grave near the roller coaster.
The butcher, Elliot, was sentenced to four years in prison for his role. Mitchell received a harsher sentence, despite the fact that he was eligible for parole in 2017. His request for parole was denied, and he was returned to prison.
The children grew up apart from their father. Following Mitchell’s denial of parole in 2017, the couple’s daughter, Robin Wilson, issued a statement. She stated:
“It makes me feel a lot safer knowing he won’t be getting out and it’s a little bit of justice for my mum although nothing that ever happens will be enough justice. There’s not much more to say other than we are happy we can relax for a while and not constantly have it at the back of our minds.”
Following Mitchell Quy’s parole request and subsequent denial, a Southport member of Parliament summed up the public’s feelings about him succinctly. “Pieces of the dismembered body were discovered near my home. I recall the case vividly, and to be honest, I’m surprised he’s even being considered for parole.”