Ben Moynihan has been found guilty on three charges of attempted murder by a Winchester Crown Court jury for stabbing three women between June and July of last year. Notes written by the 18-year-old described his displeasure with women and how he was frustrated because he could not lose his virginity.
Prosecutor Kerry Maylin described the attacks, saying, “Over three days in the summer of 2014, three women were randomly attacked by a stranger. They did not know each other and there is nothing to connect or link them to each other, they are all of different backgrounds, different social circles and significantly of different ages.”
Moynihan left two notes confessing his crimes and teasing police to “catch me if you can.” One letter included, “All women needs to die and hopefully next time I can gouge their eyeballs out. Every time I stab someone I run home and I like to smell the flesh I ripped out.” A photo of the teenager was included at the bottom of the letter.
Police later arrested Moynihan when they recognized him on the street after seeing the photograph he had attached. He claims he was prowling the streets looking for his fourth victim.
After the trial, Maylin said: “It is very disturbing to think that a 17-year-old boy would write on a college computer how he would, 11 weeks later carry out attacks on women as an act of revenge against them. He did not know the three women he attacked on 20th and 29th June and 11th July 2014. He told the police and the court that he would have carried on with attacks and on the day of his arrest was 'hunting for his fourth victim'.”
Police stated that after his arrest Moynihan said, “It was not GBH, I was trying to kill them.” GBH stands for grievous bodily harm.
After a search of Moynihan’s home, police found video footage of Moynihan outlining what other violence he wanted to carry out. He can be heard saying, “I think every girl is a type of slut, they are fussy with men nowadays, they do not give boys like us a chance. I am still a virgin, everyone is losing it before me, that's why you are my chosen target. I just can't live in this flat, I have no future here. So women, tell me how we should do this.”
He also waved a knife in front of the camera and continued, “Shall I stab you in the neck or in the heart, shall I slash your throat or should I just cigarette lighter you or just fire you. I do not know where I could get petrol from but how hard can it be to come by.”
Moynihan compared himself to serial killers numerous times and said that he chose targets that were progressively older hoping that they would not survive the stabbings. His victims were ages 20, 45 and 67.
Moynihan also kept a ‘diary of evil’ and wrote several threatening passages during his stabbing spree last summer. He wrote, “I was planning to murder mainly women as an act of revenge because of the life they gave me, I'm still a virgin at 17. And why do women have to be fussy when choosing a boyfriend, or cheating on them with others. I attack women because I grew up to believe them as a more weaker part of the human breed. I also done it to get out of this horrible life with more stress and to save myself and my family, I'm not a bad child and didn't want to do this but have no choice.”
Maylin concluded the trial by saying, “It was clear that the attacks were premeditated. We would like to thank the victims who had the courage to come forward and give statements to the police.”
Moynihan is awaiting his sentencing in the near future.