Welcome back to Crime Sunday! I hope you guys are doing well! If you don’t know who I am, Hi! My name is Megan and every Sunday I post a new True Crime Story here on my Blog and on my YouTube! I am glad you are here, there is a comment box at the end of this post so you can talk with me about this case! Today I am bringing you the murder story of Lynsey Wilson Quy.
Lynsey Wilson was born in February of 1978 to Pete and Linda Wilson in Southport in Merseyside, England. She was the youngest of their six children. She was very close to her father when she was younger and he described her as shy as a child, but as she grew older and started gaining more confidence, she opened up and was quite a bubbly teenager. Her mom said she was outgoing and had a dazzling smile. She loved music, makeup, and hanging out with her friends.
When Lynsey was just 17 years old, she got into her first serious relationship however she was more into the relationship than he was and when she got pregnant he was hoping she would end the pregnancy. Lynsey’s father, however, said that was not an option and Lynsey never saw terminating the pregnancy as an option so she was happy to have her father’s support. Lynsey and her boyfriend did end up getting engaged for sake of the baby but the Lynsey ended the relationship when she was five months pregnant because she had doubts about him.
Lynsey was experiencing loneliness and she wasn’t hopeful she would meet someone soon as she was five months pregnant. However not long after she ended things with the father of her unborn child, she met a man by the name of Mitchell Quy who worked at the casino as a croupier. Mitchell was three years older than Lynsey and being young and pregnant made her vulnerable to the idea of a new relationship. From their first date, Mitchell and Lynsey were infatuated with each other. Mitchell would spoil Lynsey with flowers and cards and would dote on Lynsey every day. Lynsey felt lucky that she even found someone who wanted to date her when she was expecting a baby, let alone someone who treated her so nicely given her situation. Mitchell seemed like the kind of man who would step up and raise Lynsey’s daughter as his own. She felt relieved and happy that she wasn’t going to have to go through the pregnancy alone.
Since the day they met, Lynsey and Mitchell spent every day together and after only knowing Lynsey for one week, he asked her to marry him. Lynsey said yes and after only knowing each other for five weeks, they two got married on August 1st, 1995. Mitchell did not have many close family members or friends, the only person from his side of his family that showed up, was his brother, Elliot. Lynsey’s family had a bad feeling about Mitchell although they couldn’t explain why they said there was just something off about him. They wanted Lynsey to be happy so they did their best to be supportive. On their wedding day, Mitchell showed a side of him that Lynsey had never seen before by having a violent outburst. Lynsey’s father says this was the first sign of what was to come. Lynsey told Mitchell that he ruined what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life and when Mitchell realized how upset Lynsey was, he convinced her to still go through with the wedding by apologizing and saying that this wasn’t who he truly is, he was just feeling stressed because of the wedding.
The newlyweds rented their own apartment in Southport, England and Lynsey gave birth to her daughter, Robin, just six months after the wedding. Soon after the birth of her daughter, Lynsey’s fairytale which she thought she was so lucky to find started to unravel. Mitchell started having more violent outbursts where he would hit Lynsey, he became controlling of Lynsey by hardly letting her talk to or see her friends and family, and he was emotionally abusive as well. Not only was he treating Lynsey horribly, but he was also cheating on her and sleeping with multiple women around Southport. Many times when they were fighting, Mitchell would actually pack his bags and move out of their apartment, and in just the span of four months Mitchell had moved out seven times.
Lynsey became pregnant with Mitchell’s child but she was worried about bringing another child into the nightmare that she was now living in so she decided to get an abortion. When Mitchell found out about the abortion, he told Lynsey he would never forgive her for killing their child, and beat her one more time before packing his bags and moving out. Lynsey and Mitchell were broken up for five months before the loneliness of being a single mother set in, she started to miss Mitchell and Mitchell was already saying all the right things to convince her to give him a second chance. This was really hard for Lynsey’s friends and family to understand why she wanted to let him back into her life but going against everyone’s advice, she took him back and Mitchell moved back into their home. It was clear that Mitchell had some sort of emotional hold over Lynsey which happens often in abusive relationships.
Shortly after they rekindled their marriage, Lynsey became pregnant with Mitchell’s son, and this time she decided to go through with the pregnancy. About halfway through the pregnancy, Lynsey left her home, and when she returned a huge mess was waiting for her. Mitchell had another violent outburst but this was the craziest outburst he had in the relationship so far. Thankfully she wasn’t home when it happened. Mitchell had trashed their entire apartment. Doors were ripped off of the hinges, he smashed windows, he ruined furniture, he threw their TV out of a window, and even went outside and smashed the windows of their car. During his outburst, he cut himself and there were blood stains all over the walls, this was by far his most violent outburst and they were both evicted from the apartment.
In October 1997, Lynsey gave birth to their son, Jack. Lynsey adored her children and despite the horrible marriage she was in, she really was a great mother. She would do anything to make sure her children were happy as they were her entire world.
By April of 1998, Lynsey and Mitchell’s marriage had come to an end for what everyone thought would be the last time. Lynsey was so terrified of Mitchell that she would have to carry a panic button everywhere in fear he would try to attack her because at this point he had threatened to kill her multiple times. Her family really thought she was going to stay away from him for good. Lynsey contacted Sefton’s Women’s and Children’s Aid who helped her get her own home in Birkdale so she and her two children could have a fresh start and for once, she was doing very well for herself. Mitchell was not made aware of where Lynsey was living for obvious reasons and she qualified for welfare so she was able to support her children on her own.
To cope with the trauma that Lynsey was dealing with, she decided to start writing in a journal. She dedicated this journal to her children to let them know how hard her life was, how hard she tried to bring them up on her own, and how she hoped they never had to go through what she did. Shortly after Mitchell moved out in April she wrote the following:
“This time he is gone for good, I’ve had it with him.” “Everything is great, never been better and I don’t miss Mitch at all.”
Lynsey’s mother said that at this point, Lynsey made her children her top priority. She said their home was spotless and the children had many toys to play with, they seemed really happy. However, Mitchell found a way to get in touch with Lynsey around October of 1998 and convinced her to let him see his son for his 1st birthday. From that point on, Mitchell somehow weaseled his way back into Lynsey’s life and they rekindled their marriage once again. Deep down she knew this wasn’t the right thing to do so Lynsey tried to hide their relationship from her family as long as possible. They eventually found out and were so disappointed but also they weren’t surprised. Her family decided to distance themselves from Lynsey and let her live her own life. They still talked to her, saw her, and were there for her but Mitchell made them uncomfortable so they backed off for a while.
On October 22nd of 1998, Lynsey and her sister Paula went out for a drink. They had a really great time together and when Paula dropped Lynsey off at home, Lynsey begged her to come inside for coffee and to continue chatting. Paula at first refused to go inside because she knew Mitchell was there and she didn’t want to see him but eventually she gave in and went inside for a while. Paula said the whole time she was visiting with her sister, Mitchell was sitting in the living room drinking a beer just glaring at her and making it obvious that she wasn’t welcome in their home. When Lynsey walked her to the door, she slipped Paula a note but Paula didn’t read the note until she got home and the note said “Please help me get out of here.”Paula did nothing in response to the note and did nothing to assist her sister. I can only assume that’s because she had repeatedly gone through this with Lynsey many times before and perhaps she didn’t think she would ever genuinely leave him. It seems like at this point, her family had given up on her.
In December 1998, Lynsey is so excited to celebrate Christmas with her family and children. She decorates her house for the holiday to help give her children a very festive Christmas despite what was going on in their home. On the 11th of December, Lynsey went to visit with her family and everyone said Lynsey was in really good spirits that day and seemed happy. Her mother dropped her off at home not knowing that would be the last time she saw her daughter. The last time anyone saw Lynsey alive was on the 15th of December when she went to the post office to try to find a welfare check she hadn’t received. Later she learned that Mitchell had stolen the check from her.
On the 24th of December, Linda, Lynsey’s mother, tried getting in contact with her daughter about when would be the best time for them to get together so they could celebrate Christmas and so she could give her grandchildren their gifts. She never heard back from her daughter but Mitchell showed up at her doorstep claiming Lynsey had left to party with her friends and she had gone “psycho.: He also said he was afraid she was out having an affair. Linda didn’t think much of it even though she hadn’t heard from Lynsey, she just took his word for it and gave the Christmas gifts for the children to Mitchell.
53 days later, Lynsey was reported missing by a concerned social worker who hadn’t been able to get a hold of her. When the police went to question Mitchell about where Lynsey is and why he hadn’t reported her missing, he say he didn’t report her missing because she had left on her own. He claimed that Lynsey went out with friends on Christmas Eve, came home at 7:00 am hungover, took a nap and a shower, packed a bag, and left without saying a word to him or her children. Which is not like Lynsey, she was so looking forward to giving her children a magical Christmas, there is no way she would have left them on that day, let alone not even acknowledge them. Another reason he didn’t report her missing is because he claimed he saw her multiple times around town and driving past the house in a black Mercedes car but nobody else has reported seeing Lynsey.
The police search all over for Lynsey or her body and they come up completely empty-handed, they feel at this point Lynsey is not alive. Quickly into the investigation, police knew something was off with Mitchell as his story wasn’t adding up but unfortunately they didn’t have any evidence to arrest him. Over the next 18 months while police were searching for Lynsey Mitchell kept himself busy in the media. He loved the attention he was getting so much that he invited journalists, news reporters, and even a documentary film crew into his home. He tried to convince everyone that he is the real victim in this situation by trying to paint the picture that his wife abandoned him and their children. He was eating up all the attention that this was getting him, he never once seemed heartbroken that his wife was missing and he also seemed to have a smirk on his face during interviews. He was asked at one point “Did you kill your wife?” and he said, “that is a stupid question and I don’t have to answer it.” The interviewer said “that is not a stupid question. Did you kill your wife?” and he responded and said, “Watch and find out.” He also seemed to play mind games with police, he would send them greeting cards and even sent the lead detective on the case, hair dye to “help him with his gray hair” which really creeped the detective out. People involved said Mitchell was disrespectful throughout the entire investigation despite him trying to come across as a grieving husband.
Lynsey’s family was also talking to reporters and they were very open with the public about their feelings. They said they were convinced Mitchell had killed Lynsey. Her father even put up Lynsey’s missing person flyer right in front of Mitchell’s home so he would have to look at it every day. In response, Mitchell says “one day he will be on my doorstep apologizing” like a true narcissist. He was always smiling and laughing in interviews and that is how he got his nickname “The Smiling Killer.” In one interview, he is laughing and going on about how the police were interviewing past women he had relationships with and said “What do they think, I shagged her to death or something.” What an odd thing to say.
In February of 2000, Mitchell was arrested for fraud when police became aware that he was forging Lynsey’s signature on welfare checks. Mitchell was very smug about the fraud charges and admitted to it because he felt entitled to the money. He had to serve community service which really upset him and he said he wouldn’t piss on Lynsey if she were on fire because he wouldn’t have to do community service if she never “abandoned” him. He was always upset with the media because they were not portraying him as a murderer and said he deserved an apology or compensation knowing the whole time what they were saying about him was true.
On June 7th, 2000, the police decide to bring Mitchell in for questioning as they have no doubt he murdered Lynsey. They question him for 36 hours. and for the first 36 hours, he just says “no comment” over and over again. Eventually, he breaks and confesses to murdering his 21-year-old wife, Lynsey Wilson Quy on June 8th, 2000. He said that on December 16th, Lynsey told him she had made an appointment with a lawyer to go through with divorce proceedings, and this enraged Mitchell. He said he strangled her for over 20-minutes while the children were in the home until she was dead then laid her body in their bed. He blocked the bottom gap of the door with towels so the children wouldn’t smell their mother’s decaying body. He then called his brother, Elliot who was a butcher, to come help him get rid of her body. He said the two of them dismembered her body in the bathtub and scattered her body parts all over Southport. After he confessed he lead police to a rollercoaster where he placed her torso and they said he was laughing and joking around the entire time. He had no remorse for the crime he committed and it was like he was out of touch with reality. He would only refer to Lynsey or her torso as a “carcass.” Lynsey’s arms and legs were found near a railroad track the next day but her head and hands were never found. Mitchell said he just threw them into the trash.
Elliot Quy was sentenced to just even years for assisting Mitchell in dismembering Lynsey’s body and is now a free man.
Mitchell Quy was convicted of 1st-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison but was eligible for parole after serving just 17 years.
Linda Wilson says not only did Mitchell take their daughter away but he took away a mother from children she loved more than anything.
In 2017, Mitchell became eligible for parole and has since applied three times, and each time he was denied. He does not deserve to be a free man and I have no doubt that another vulnerable woman could be his next victim if he is released from prison. Not only that, Lynsey’s father says he has no doubt that if he was paroled Mitchell would go back to Southport and try to contact them and he fears for his family’s safety. You can help keep Mitchell in prison by signing the petition in the link below.
If you are anyone you know feels stuck in an abusive relationship, help is waiting for you. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is open 24/7 and their # is 800-799-7233. You can even chat with someone on their website if you don’t feel safe calling.
Thank you for reading, I hope none of you have experienced a relationship like this but if you have, I hope you are able to escape without it costing your life. <3