'Bunny boiler' murderer Sarah Williams' troubled past has been revealed, as she was jailed for a minimum of 30 years yesterday (August 17).
Williams, of Treborth Road in Blacon, was brought up the only child of electrician Christopher and wife Barbara in Bebington.
She was taunted and bullied because of her ‘lazy’ right eye at a fee-paying school in Birkenhead.
In 1995, aged 13, she was allegedly abducted in Ness, Wirral, by a man who pushed her off her bicycle, bundled her into his car boot and dumped her in a lane 40 miles away.
Our sister paper the Sunday Mirror reported the incident.
The culprit was never caught and Cheshire police said this week the case would be reviewed if any new information came to light.
Some suggested Williams had made up the story. But later that month Cheshire police investigated an almost identical incident.
“After what happened with the abduction, everybody felt really sorry for her,” said one former school pal.
“She was not unattractive but it was not as though she had lots of boys after her.
"She just seemed interested in her horses and that was it.”
But when she was still a 17-year-old sixth former, Williams bewitched millionaire businessman David Hardwick, 40 years her senior and now aged 75.
They met at the Wirral Riding Centre and the heating oil boss became her “sugar daddy”, treating her to 12 foreign holidays a year, despite still being married to long-suffering wife, Rowena, 70.
By her late teens Williams’ parents had split and she struck up a friendship with older tattooed horse riding instructor Katrina Walsh, of Hare Lane in Guilden Sutton.
Fifty-six-year-old Walsh was comforted by her new friend when her marriage broke up. Some friends believed they were lovers.
Six years ago Mr Hardwick gave Williams £75,000 to help her buy a house on the outskirts of Chester.
Neighbours thought they were husband and wife.
Williams nagged him to get a divorce but, when he refused to leave his wife, she held her temper – unwilling to risk losing the life of luxury and the £320 weekly allowance he provided.
Together, Williams and Walsh meticulously planned the cold-blooded murder of Ms Hartley over a 17-month period, with Walsh even chronicling their chilling plot in diaries.