Grace Millane killer's flatmate 'knew you shouldn't be near him alone' before horror murder

The former roommate of Jesse Kempson, convicted of the 2018 murder of Grace Millane, told a new documentary that the household “felt bad” about him

Grace Millane: Millie Mason opens her life with Jesse Kempson

The roommate of Grace Millane’s killer said her household “knew you shouldn’t be alone around them” when a new documentary tells the tragic story of her death.

Jesse Kempson, 29, strangled Grace on December 1, 2018, the day before she would have turned 22.

Her body was later found in a suitcase buried in a wooded area on the outskirts of town.

In a new documentary about Grace’s murder, Millie Mason, who lived with Kempson, said her house had a “bad feeling” about him

Speak with ITV, Ms. Mason admitted the house “knew you shouldn’t be around” [Kempson] alone”.

In a new documentary about Grace’s murder, Millie Mason – who lived with Kempson – said her house had a “bad feeling” about him
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She added, “We just all got a bad feeling.”

“At some point we stopped wanting to be alone in the house with him, you just knew that you shouldn’t be alone around him.

Speaking to This Morning prior to the documentary, Ms. Mason also branded Kempson as an “elaborate liar” and said her roommate slept with a knife because she was so afraid of what he was going to do.

Jesse Kempson, 29, strangled Grace on December 1, 2018, the day before she would have turned 22
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Grace was a graduate of the University of Lincoln
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“He said he was coming to New Zealand to buy bars to expand the franchise his father owned – that was his story,” she said.

“He owed us money, there was always an excuse. He was waiting ‘for money from his accountant in Australia’.”

She added: “At some point you stop believing the stories, there have been so many stories that you start to say, ‘Really? It doesn’t make any sense’.”

Grace had traveled to New Zealand for a couple of weeks after spending the past month and a half touring South America.

Jesse Kempson tried to hold Grace responsible for her own death but was found guilty by a jury
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But on December 2, 2018, when Grace failed to contact her family and respond to birthday messages, the alarm bells rang and the backpacker was reported missing.

On December 8th, the police investigating Grace’s disappearance announced that it was now a murder investigation. The next day, Grace’s body was found in a mountain range about 12 miles outside of Auckland.

Shortly thereafter, Kempson, then 26, was charged with the murder of Grace.

The couple had been on a Tinder date the night Grace was last seen alive, and the couple were spotted together on CCTV footage that night

The couple had been on a Tinder date the night Grace was last seen alive, and the couple were spotted together on CCTV footage that night.

Kempson tried to claim in court that Grace died in a sex game that went wrong, but the jury denied his claim and found him guilty of the murder.

Following the verdict, Grace’s parents, Gillian and David, paid tribute to their “beautiful, talented, loving daughter”.

David said, “Grace was our sunshine and she will be missed forever.”

Kempson tried to claim in court that Grace died in a sex game that went wrong, but the jury denied his claim and found him guilty of the murder.
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Kempson was imprisoned for life and sentenced to a minimum of 17 years.

After his conviction, it became known that Kempson had also been convicted of two other trials earlier this year.

These included the rape of a woman he met on Tinder and a variety of crimes against a former partner – including sexual assault through unlawful sexual association, death threats, and attack with a gun.

A previous documentary revealed that the twisted Kempson tried to lie about the events leading up to Grace’s death – and even blamed the 21-year-old for what happened – but betrayed his guilt through his body language.

The Murder of Grace Millane: Social Media Murders will appear on ITV Hub.

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