British Transgender Inmate Divorces Lesbian Wife After Fight
A convicted murderer who underwent a sex change and was sent to a womens’ prison is divorcing her lesbian wife (who is also doing time for murder) after the couple got into a huge fight, the U.K. newspaper the Daily Star reported.
Tai Pilley, who used to be Douglas Wakefield, was sent to jail 38 years ago after strangling his uncle and stabbing him 48 times with a garden fork. Pilley, 63, married 47-year-old Thelma Purchase while behind bars.
The couple’s relationship ended after they had a "violent bust-up" over the relationship Purchase had with another female inmate. Prison officials then moved Purchase, a mother of three, to a different prison in South England.
Purchase, who was a caregiver from Staffordshire (a landlocked county in England’s West Midlands), was put in prison for at least 30 years after she suffocated a disabled man to get £70,000 (more than $113,000) that he left to her in his will.
The transgender inmate, who was known as one of the most dangerous men in prison after he killed an inmate and took prison officers hostage, is now divorcing Purchase because of the close friendship she formed.