The daughter of road rage murderer Tracie Andrews has spoken about her love for her mother.
Karla Marie Tilston who was just seven years old when Andrews murdered boyfriend Lee Harvey in 1996, said her mother was no ‘psycho killer’.
Now 21 and expecting her first child, the waitress, from Northfield, Birmingham, spoke about life without her mother – who is due for release later this year.
Ms Tilston, who kept her father’s surname after her mother was jailed, admitted it had been hard growing up in the shadow of her infamous reputation. But when quizzed about the killer, she leapt to Andrews’ defence and insisted that she is not a monster.
“If people knew her like I know her and her family and friends know her then you would see she is not the psycho killer that she is made out to be,” Karla said.
“I have never done a story as my love for my mum means so much more to me. Enough is enough, but many out there would disagree and would keep her in prison if they had it their way.
“I don’t believe that what I have to say would help change their minds.”
Former hairdresser Andrews stabbed boyfriend Lee Harvey, 25, to death in December 1996, as they drove home on a quiet lane in Alvechurch, Worcestershire.
At a press conference she appeared cut, bruised and broken-hearted, before tearfully blaming the frenzied killing on a mystery road rage motorist. In a case which shocked Britain, forensic evidence was produced to prove Andrews had killed Lee herself. She was jailed for life in 1997, with a recommendation that she serve at least 14 years behind bars.
In Andrews, who has had £5,000 of cosmetic surgery on the NHS while inside, was temporarily transferred back to the Midlands to prepare her for upcoming release.
She had been moved to Drake Hall Women’s Prison near Eccleshall, Staffordshire, to experience life close to her family, before being moved back again to HMP Askham Grange in Yorkshire.
Just last month she was pictured shopping on the streets of York and having coffee with a pal.
Lee Harvey’s family have refused to forgive Andrews, with his heartbroken mum branding her a “cold-blooded killer”.
But in a bizarre twist Andrews’ daughter Karla is friends with Lee Harvey’s daughter from a previous relationship on the social networking site Facebook.