This Real Female Killer Was An Inspiration For Psychopathic 'Killing Eve' Assassin
Investigators say that Angela Simpson stabbed Terry Neely approximately 50 times, dismembered him, and burned his remains in a trash can.
The creator of Killing Eve has revealed that a female murderer who calmly revealed in a video interview how she tortured and killed a man in a wheelchair was the inspiration behind the fictional female assassin in the TV progam.
The hit BBC TV show focuses on the intense cat-and-mouse relationship between the female assassin Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer, and Sandra Oh’s intelligence officer Eve.
The show’s creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, said in a recent interview that she was Googling female assassins while researching the show, and was struck by a 2012 YouTube video with convicted killer Angela Simpson, according to The New York Times.
In 2009, Simpson lured 46-year-old Terry Neely to her Phoenix apartment by promising him drugs and sex. She then stabbed, strangled, beat, and tortured him because she believed that he was a “snitch.”
During the three-day ordeal, Simpson pulled her victim's teeth out in front of a mirror and drove a nail into his head.
Investigators say that she stabbed Neely approximately 50 times, dismembered him, and burned his remains in a trash can. She received life in prison for the murder, plus 14 years for other charges.
In the YouTube clip, Simpson revealed that her only regret was that she would have made the torture last longer. And when asked if she was remorseful, Simpson replied, “Not at all,” and added, “Why would I be?”
“I took him to my house, walked him down the street … walked him upstairs, kicked his ass, and killed him,” she said.
She said that she did not care what anyone thought of her, and did not expect any sympathy. At times, she laughed and joked with her interviewer.
Asked if she believed that justice had been served by her receiving life in prison, Simpson said she did not. “I should have gotten the death penalty,” she said.
When asked if there was anything that she would have changed about what happened, Simpson said, “I don’t regret killing him." She then added, “I would have kept him alive a week. I would have tortured him for a week instead of three days. And I regret not killing my other victim.”
When asked if she would kill again, she replied, “If the opportunity arises, I hope so!”
At the end of the interview, she can be heard laughing and joking with the reporter, and saying, “Good sh*t, dude! That’s going to be wicked! Make it look good, please!”
Waller-Bridge revealed that the hit true crime podcast My Favorite Murder also helped inspire the darkly comic tone of the show.
In past seasons, many of Villanelle’s murder methods have been over-the-top — including the infamous “death by hairpin.”
Waller-Bridge was also influenced by the 2016 ad for KENZO World perfume in which Margaret Qualley begins to freak out during a dinner party, and the psychopathic hitman in No Country For Old Men played by Javier Bardem.
Read more: The New York Times