AN abused wife who stabbed her husband to death in a bubble and squeak row showed “pride and flair” in her confession, a documentary reveals.
Penelope Jackson, 66, killed David Jackson, 78, when he “kicked off” during a Zoom call with her daughter and son-in-law at her birthday party.
Documentary Faking It on Discovery+ has explored the harrowing case and Jackson’s subsequent confession to police.
Experts reveal how Jackson appeared proud of the gruesome killing after telling a 999 call handler she tried to stab David through the heart but “he doesn’t have one”.
The mum said: “I’ve killed my husband, or tried to because I’ve had enough. I might go and stab him again.
“I am in the lounge, he is in the kitchen bleeding to death with any luck.”
When police arrived, she branded her husband a “bully” and said “I’m glad I’ve done it” as he lay bleeding to death in the kitchen.
When she heard officers calling for CPR, Jackson cried out: “Oh, don’t! No, no, please don’t. Ooh, I should have stabbed him a bit more.”
Body language expert Dr Cliff Lansley said of the shocking admissions: “She’s been accused of attempted murder, and she says ‘yes yes ok, hopefully not attempted’, as if she’s proud of the actions that have just taken place.
“She wants to get the message across: ‘I admit it all’. There’s almost a little bit ofand flair in it as she flicks back, ‘yes I admit it all, I’m proud of what I’ve done’.”
Forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes tells the show Jackson is “emotionally distant” but still “absolutely cold and absolutely certain of what she’s done”.
She adds: “You don’t expect this of course from a 66-year-old woman who lives in Somerset and has led a very middleexistence up to this point.
“It’s darkly comical, in some respects, but of course it’s not comical at all because we’ve got a dead man here. We’ve got a man who’s a father, and he’s lost his life.”
As Jackson’s dramatic arrest continues, the pyjama-clad killer asks police if she could go back in and fetch her coat and slippers.
Dr Lansley points out she “must be in shock” as she is disassociating from the killing.
He adds: “It doesn’t excuse what she has done, it doesn’t negate the testimony we’re hearing here, but that detachment from the consequences at this point and the disassociation with her actions is incredible.”
During her trial, Jackson said her marriage had “just imploded” and the years of her “putting up with the violence, the unwanted sex, the belittling, stopping me doing things, all the horrible things” had been for nothing.
David had previously held a knife to his abused wife’s throat at a family barbecue and allegedly coercively controlled her.
She said a row over her birthday dinner while on Zoom had been the “final straw” as Jackson had always hid his 20-year abuse from her daughter.
David had been angry because she had made bubble and squeak alongside the lobster, crab and steak meal they had.
Jackson “lost control” and first knifed her husband in the bedroom before stabbing him again in the kitchen.
She then wrote a confession note, saying: “To whom it may concern, I have taken so much abuse over the years – look at my records.
“But he was a good Daddy. However, the mask slipped tonight. That was unforgivable. I accept my punishment, may he rot in hell.”
During her sentencing, Judge Martin Picton said he had not seen a “shred of remorse” from Jackson.
He jailed her for life with a minimum of 18 years in October 2021 after Jackson was convicted of murder.
- Faking It series 7 is available to stream on discovery+