Jordan Monaghan murdered his children Logan and Ruby before going on to kill his new partner Evie Adams six years later.
Triple killer Jordan Monaghan killed his newborn daughter and his toddler son, then six years later he gave his new girlfriend a drugs overdose.
Monaghan even faked a suicide note for his new partner Evie Adams.
The 30-year-old was handed three life sentences and must serve a minimum of 40 years for the murders of his children Ruby and Logan and that of Miss Adams.
Who is Jordan Monaghan?
Construction worker, Monaghan, of Belgrave Close, Blackburn, smothered his daughter Ruby on New Year’s Day, 2013, as she slept in her Moses basket. He was alone with the child as her mother slept upstairs at the family home.
Eight months later, Logan and Ruby’s mum Laura Gray discovered that her boyfriend owed thousands of pounds in gambling debts, she told him the relationship was over.
The next day he took their son, Logan, aged 21 months, to a local swimming pool, Waves in Blackburn.
While alone in a cubicle in the changing rooms he smothered the child.
Detectives believe he enjoyed the attention and achieved his aim, bringing the grieving mother closer to him and continuing their relationship.
Monaghan, from Blackburn, Lancashire, vowed to undergo genetic testing to see if an underlying health condition was responsible for the children’s deaths.
He manipulated and controlled Miss Adams, leading to her death.
Detective Chief Inspector Pauline Stables, senior investigating officer at Lancashire Constabulary, said: “I believe he’s probably obtained quite a lot of positive attention as a result of the grieving process around the deaths of his children.
“He certainly paints a picture of a being a manipulator and an attention seeker.
“Very controlling. That will be my view around his sort of incentive to do this… his ability to control the people around him, seeking attention from those around him.
“I would say he’s very manipulative, and quite ruthless really around his actions.
“You know, the ways that he’s covertly instigated adverse medical instances which ultimately resulted in the death of his children, and his partner, and it’s my belief that his main motivation was self-interest and attention.”
What happened to Logan and Ruby?
Ruby’s and Logan’s deaths were both investigated as sudden and unexplained events, but the girl’s death was attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan’s cause of death remained “unascertained”.
Both had been seen by medics in the days and months before their deaths, but other than usual childhood illnesses no serious medical condition was found.
On 23 September, 2012, Logan was taken to hospital after swallowing paracetamol while at home alone with Monaghan. That morning, Miss Gray told him the relationship was over.
On 8 December, Ruby was born, however on 29 December she collapsed while alone in the living room at home with Monaghan. Two days later she was discharged from hospital. A viral infection of bronchiolitis is diagnosed. On 1 January, 2013 however she collapsed again while alone with Monaghan and was pronounced dead at 2.45am in hospital.
Months later on 16 August Miss Gray told Monaghan the relationship was over after finding out about his £2,000 credit card debt from gambling. The next day Logan was discovered dead in his buggy after returning home from being alone with his father in a cubicle at a local swimming pool.
In January 2018 further information comes in and Lancashire Police review the deaths of both children and launch a double murder investigation, Operation Mayford. Monaghan is arrested and bailed for further inquiries.
What happened to Evie Adams?
As the complex police investigation continued, Monaghan began a “toxic” relationship with Evie Adams, 23, who had suffered “chronic abuse” before becoming a foster child aged 12.
Police warned her not to be with him and a court order was made banning contact.
But the relationship continued and, while on bail for the murder of his children, Monaghan killed Miss Adams after she threatened to dump him.
Monaghan told her: “I won’t keep putting up with you saying we are over.”
The defendant illegally bought strong prescription drugs on the black market via WhatsApp and other contacts.
Miss Adams was found to have tramadol, diazepam, amitriptyline, zopiclone and pregabalin medication in her body after her collapse and death on 24 October, 2019.
She died from tramadol and diazepam toxicity.
He then faked a suicide note from Miss Adams, discovered apparently by chance falling out of a picture frame as he removed the couple’s favourite photo of themselves to place in her coffin.
What has been said about the case?
Following the conviction of Jordan Monaghan, Martin Hill, deputy head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) North West’s Complex Case Unit, said: “Jordan Monaghan’s cruelty is beyond belief and the ruthlessness of these murders is harrowing.
“It is difficult to comprehend the depravity that went into planning and committing these murders.
“Three innocent people needlessly lost their lives due to Monaghan’s utter selfishness.
“Together, the CPS and Lancashire police were able to build a strong case against him by ensuring all possible medical explanations for the deaths of the children could be discounted.
“I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering that Monaghan’s actions have caused to the families of the victims. They have conducted themselves with the upmost dignity and been incredibly brave and patient throughout.
“Nothing can make up for the loss of their loved ones, but we can only hope, following today’s conviction, they feel justice has been done. Our thoughts remain with the families.”
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