DISTRESSING CONTENT: Chilling voice recordings found of killer threatening mum-of-four before murder in Rotherham
A double killer with a hatred of sex workers made chilling voice recordings of him threatening one of his victims before her death.
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Alena Grlakova, aged 38, who vanished on Boxing Day 2018, found the ‘spine-chilling audio recordings’ on an MP3 player at killer Gary Allen’s home in Parkgate, Rotherham – turning the missing person enquiry into a murder probe.
It is not known why Allen, 47, made the recordings, but they revealed threats he made to the mum-of-four on the day that she was last seen alive.
Alena’s naked body was found in a stream four months later. She had been strangled.
South Yorkshire Police described the recordings as ‘disturbing’.
They captured Allen losing his temper with Alena when she made a number of visits to his flat.
He can be heard asking Alena, a sex worker, to leave and threatening violence if she returned.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Oughton, senior investigating officer, said: “I still remember vividly the day that DC Richard Stump came into my office and played me these recordings.
“Allen was making utterly chilling threats to Alena. It was the tipping point for this to become a murder inquiry with Allen nominated as our suspect. We don’t know Allen’s reason for making the recordings, but they were a classic 'golden nugget' for a senior investigating officer.”
Allen was convicted of Alena’s murder yesterday as well as that of Samantha Class in Hull in 1997.
The ‘dangerous and violent’ killer had been tried for the murder of Ms Class in 2000 and was acquitted but was tried again for her death when new evidence came to light as part of the probe into Alena’s death.
It emerged that Allen first met Alena at a bus stop when he was on his way to work in October 2018.
Alena was from Slovakia and had moved to the UK in 2008, settling in Rotherham with her husband and children.
When her marriage ended she lost contact with her children and her lifestyle became more chaotic, with her taking drugs and becoming involved in sex work.
Jurors heard that Allen had a deeply-held hatred and contempt for sex workers, and had in the past called them 'scum' and the 'lowest of the low'.