An ITV documentary explores the story of the former royal chest of drawers convicted of the 2001 murder of boyfriend Tom Cressman – but where is Jane Andrews now?
Fergie’s Killer Dresser: The Jane Andrews Story will air on Wednesday (March 3, 2021) at 9 p.m. on ITV1.
Jane was convicted in 2001, but this new documentary asks if it was manslaughter rather than murder.
Here is everything you need to know!
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Who is Jane Andrews?
Jane Andrews was the former dresser of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.
After a difficult childhood – depression, panic attacks, eating disorders, unwanted pregnancies, and suicide attempts – she enrolled in a fashion class.
She joined Marks & Spencer as a children’s clothing designer.
Then, when she was only 21 years old, she answered an anonymous ad in The Lady for a personal dresser.
Six months later, she was interviewed by Sarah, the Duchess of York, and got the job at Buckingham Palace as her dresser.
However, after nine years of employment, Jane was fired from her job.
Some reports say Fergie fired Jane for having an affair with Tuscan aristocrat Count Gaddo della Gherardesca, who allegedly also had feelings for Jane.
Officials at Buckingham Palace say this is not true and that Jane’s dismissal was due to cost cutting.
Who Was Thomas Cressman?
In 1998 Jane met millionaire Thomas Ashley Cressman, a former stockbroker.
He ran a successful auto accessories business and mingled with the elite of London society.
Jane moved to his Fulham apartment and got a job at Claridge’s Hotel as a PR manager in October 1999, but had to leave after only two months.
The couple dated for two years.
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Why and when did Jane Andrews kill Thomas Cressman?
In September 2000 Jane and Thomas went on vacation in Italy and also visited his family’s villa on the French Riviera.
Jane reportedly expected Thomas to make a suggestion.
Instead, he told her he had no intention of marrying her.
When they returned to the couple’s Fulham home on September 17, they argued.
Thomas called the police to say “someone will be injured” but the police did not come.
Later that night, Jane hit Thomas with a cricket bat and then stabbed him with a knife.
She fled the scene and let her bloody friend die.
Jane Andrews rejection
After escaping from her Fulham apartment, Jane texted friends asking about Thomas’s whereabouts.
She claimed she was not involved in his death and claimed he was being blackmailed.
Jane was gone for days until the Cornish police discovered she was overdosed in her car.
She survived her suicide attempt and was arrested after police interrogation and charged with murder.
When was she sentenced?
On April 23, 2001, Jane was tried at the Old Bailey and described by prosecutors as “the despised woman.”
However, Jane testified in her own defense that Thomas abused her during their relationship.
She described his sexual obsessions and claimed that he broke his arm once.
Jane also claimed she suffered sexual abuse in her childhood that led to her killing.
However, after 12 hours of deliberation by the jury, Jane was convicted of murder and sentenced to at least 12 years of life imprisonment.
The jury rejected their claims that Mr. Cressman, 39, had raped her at the time of that death and that she woke up when he beat her.
In November 2009, Jane escaped from East Sutton Park Prison in Kent after serving nine years in prison.
Three days later, she and her family were captured in a hotel room just six miles from the prison.
She was ultimately not charged with fleeing and returned to prison.
Where is Jane Andrews now? How old is she?
Jane was released under license on June 19, 2015 after 14 years in prison.
She was arrested again in 2018 after being accused of molesting a former lover.
She was released from prison again on August 8, 2019 and subsequently lived in a bail hostel.
She is currently 53 years old and lives in her Lincolnshire hometown.
In 2020, she was pictured in Morrison’s stacks of shelves.
What else has Jane been accused of?
It was alleged that Jane Andrews stole approximately £ 250,000 worth of jewels from the Duchess’ suitcases in 1995.
These claims have never been proven.
Fergie’s Killer Dresser: The Jane Andrews Story on ITV1
This new documentary on ITV’s Crime and Punishment Line examines the crime of Jane Andrews.
Jim Dickie, former Detective Chief Inspector of the Met, says, “There are only two people who really know what happened in this bedroom and one of them is dead.”
The ITV documentary asks if Jane would be sentenced today.
Says ITV: “After the UK’s first domestic violence conviction was overturned in the Sally Challen case, this film aims to tell the definitive story of Andrew’s rise and fall.
“It is asked whether the courts would have treated the case the same way if it had happened now.”
The documentary features an interview with defense psychiatrist Trevor Turner, who first reports that Jane suffers from some form of PTSD because of her lover’s alleged abuse.
ITV added, “The film is investigating whether its claim is correct or whether investigator Jim Dickie is right when he says, ‘She is a cold-blooded murderer. Every man who enters into a relationship with her needs to have his head tested. ‘“
Meanwhile, Thomas’ brother Rick Cressman says, “She never apologized for what she did. She was just trying to get out of what she was doing. [in] however she could. “
Fergie’s Killer Dresser: The Jane Andrews Story will air on Wednesday March 3rd, 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV1.
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