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Texts killer Michael Stirling sent while posing as murdered midwife



After murdering Samantha Eastwood and burying her in a shallow grave, Michael Stirling sent a series of texts pretending that she was still alive.

The 32-year-old, who has been jailed for life after confessing to killing the midwife, used Miss Eastwood’s phone to send messages to her sister, Gemma.

Police described the ruse as a “poor attempt” to cover up his tracks, with investigators tracking the phone’s movements to Stirling’s white van.

Details of the texts – sent on Saturday 28 July – have now emerged.

Samantha Eastwood and Michael Stirling
Samantha Eastwood and Michael Stirling pictured at a wedding

At 9.50am, Gemma Eastwood sent a text to her sister, saying: “Where are you. ring me to let me know you are safe.”

Stirling texted back using Samantha’s phone at 10.04am, and wrote: “I love you all I’ve had a massive breakdown about stuff. I’m so sorry xx I’ll be ok I’m in touch with the helpline. I’m not going to do anything silly I just want to be left alone xx”

Gemma replied: “Where are you let me come and see you I won’t tell anyone. Just let me come and see you I won’t tell anyone let me help you.”

Gemma Eastwood talks to the gathered media about her missing sister Samantha


Sister’s tears for missing midwife

At 10.13am, a message sent from Samantha’s phone said: “Please leave me alone x”.

Growing concerned, Gemma wrote back: “Where are you, who are you with.

“We are all worried the police are involved and going to do a press release, just tell me where you are I’ll come and meet you on my own and I won’t tell anyone.”

A reply from Samantha’s phone at 10.50am read: “No Gem I’m sick of pretending I’m ok xx I’m going to go to the Dr’s I just need time to blow off some steam.”

Her family is very close and police said their concern is growing
Ms Eastwood’s killer sent texts pretending she was alive

Gemma then asked her sister to ring the police, but was told: “I’m sorry I’ve caused so much stress and upset I just don’t feel myself ATM, Gemma, you aren’t listening, I need time.”

Once again, Gemma asked Samantha to make contact, and received a reply saying: “I will soon xx. Love you all, I mean it, I’ll be ok. Speak to you later, I promise xx”

At 12.45pm, Gemma received the final messages from her sister’s phone.

They read: “Gem, I’m in a car, blue BMW. He’s taking me to the motorway.

“I’m sorry. I met a guy off the internet. He’s mad. I messaged u (sic).”

The last message read: “Lee Davis.”

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