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The roommate of the New Zealand killer of British backpacker Grace Millane speaks out

The former roommate of Grace Millane’s killer has admitted their household knew “you shouldn’t be around him alone” and said she “completely understands” the British backpacker “fell for him because he was charming”.

Jesse Kempson, 28, strangled Miss Millane, 21, in his studio apartment in Auckland, New Zealand, after the couple met on dating app Tinder in December 2018, eight months after raping another Briton, and a year after subjecting his girlfriend to sexual assault and abuse.

In a new documentary that tells the tragic and disturbing story, a former roommate of Kempson’s – who is serving a minimum sentence of 17 years for Miss Millane’s death – shares her own experience of knowing the cold-blooded killer and the suspicions she previously had. had him. to this case.

Appearing on ITV2’s The Murder of Grace Millane: Social Media Murders, which airs Monday at 9pm, Millie Mason admits her household ‘knew you shouldn’t be around’ [Kempson] alone” and says she “completely understands how Grace fell for him because he’s charming.”

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The former roommate (pictured) of British backpacker Grace Millane's killer has admitted that their household knew 'you shouldn't be around him alone'

The former roommate (pictured) of British backpacker Grace Millane’s killer has admitted that their household knew ‘you shouldn’t be around him alone’

Jesse Kempson, 28, strangled Miss Millane (pictured), 21, in his studio apartment in Auckland, New Zealand, after the pair met on the Tinder dating app in December 2018, eight months after dating another Brit raped, and a year after subjecting his girlfriend to assault and abuse

In a new documentary that tells the tragic and disturbing story, a former roommate of Kempson's (pictured) - who is serving a minimum sentence of 17 years for Miss Millane's death - shares her own experience of knowing the cold-blooded killer and the suspicions that she had.  from him prior to this case

In a new documentary that tells the tragic and disturbing story, a former roommate of Kempson's (pictured) - who is serving a minimum sentence of 17 years for Miss Millane's death - shares her own experience of knowing the cold-blooded killer and the suspicions that she had.  from him prior to this case

In a new documentary that tells the tragic and disturbing story, a former roommate of Kempson’s (pictured) – who is serving a minimum sentence of 17 years for Miss Millane’s death – shares her own experience of knowing the cold-blooded killer and the suspicions that she had. from him prior to this case

“We all started to feel bad,” says Millie. “One night when I wasn’t in the house, one of my other roommates wasn’t either, so it was just that one girl who was alone in the house, he came back, he was drunk and she was scared enough that she was sleeping with a knife that night.

“Eventually we didn’t want to be alone in the house with him, you just knew you shouldn’t be around him alone. You wonder what else he was hiding, what else wasn’t true.”

Kempson was a twisted serial sex attacker who used dating apps to seek out new victims, posing as a highly successful businessman when in fact he was a low-asset serial dropout who had been fired from a string of minimum wage jobs.

Thinking back to when she was told that Kempson had killed Miss Millane, Millie says, “It was horrible. The friend of ours who occupied the room after Jesse moved messaged us three girls and we were all living in London at the time.

“We followed the story because there aren’t really any missing people in New Zealand, let alone a young girl. I woke up to our group chat and he said “It was Jesse”.

Millie lived with Kempson for a short time two years before Miss Milane’s murder.

Victim Grace Millane

Victim Grace Millane

Victim Grace Millane

Victim Grace Millane

Kempson murdered Miss Millane (pictured) on the night of December 2, 2018 – the day before her 22nd birthday

“It was a shock,” she added. “It’s all going around in your head – I’m not imagining it. Shock more than anything, but I don’t know if I was surprised—it’s you, but it’s not you.’

Kempson murdered Miss Millane on the night of December 2, 2018 – the day before her 22nd birthday.

The pair had met in Auckland and had a drink before Kempson took her to a hotel where he lived and strangled her to death during sex.

He then took pictures of her corpse, before spending hours watching hardcore pornography.

The killer had another date before putting Miss Millane’s body in a suitcase which he buried in a shallow grave in the woods.

When asked if Miss Millane’s tragic story has made her feel differently about dating apps, Millie says, “Absolutely. We are always trained to tell your friends where you are going or have a code word in case you want to get out.

Kempson was sentenced to life behind bars with a non-parole period of 17 years for the murder of Miss Millane in his Auckland apartment in December 2018

Kempson was sentenced to life behind bars with a non-parole period of 17 years for the murder of Miss Millane in his Auckland apartment in December 2018

Kempson was sentenced to life behind bars with a non-parole period of 17 years for the murder of Miss Millane in his Auckland apartment in December 2018

“He did this to a girl on a dating app. I was lucky enough to meet my husband through a dating app. But even when I met him, my friends knew where I was and it worked for me. I totally get how Grace fell for him because he’s charming.

“It took us weeks to realize that we shouldn’t be in this situation and we shouldn’t be around this person.”

She added: “I think men should call men. It’s all well and good for me to stand here and say “you shouldn’t do this”. If they’re going to do it, they won’t listen to what I have to say about it.

“But they probably care what their father, their grandfather, and their best buddy have to say.”

In 2019, Kempson was described by his stepbrother as a “pathological liar” who was alleged to have “enjoyed power” during the murder of Miss Millane.

The series fancier concocted a series of lies to feed his obsession for violent sex with young women, so it turned out.

Dave and Gillian, Mrs Millane's parents, speak outside the Auckland High Court in 2019

Dave and Gillian, Mrs Millane's parents, speak outside the Auckland High Court in 2019

Dave and Gillian, Mrs Millane’s parents, speak outside the Auckland High Court in 2019

Kempson’s conviction ended an 11-month saga of pain for the Millane family, who said goodbye to their daughter in October 2018 when she went on a world tour after graduating from Lincoln University.

After spending time in Peru, she arrived in New Zealand in mid-November and arranged her ill-fated Tinder for the night of December 1, intending to celebrate her 22nd birthday the following day.

Grace’s final hours on the Tinder date leading up to her death:

December 1, 2018

5:45 PM: Grace Millane was shown arriving in front of the casino’s 20-foot-tall Christmas tree, where she was waiting for her date. She sends a photo of the tree to her parents in Essex. He arrives and they hug each other.

6 p.m.: The two walk into the casino and find Andy’s Burger Bar. He and Grace were seen ordering drinks and looking for a table.

7:12 PM: The couple left the burger bar and crossed the road to the Mexican cafe where they would spend the next hour until the defendant came to pay the bill as she stood next to him.

8.27 pm: The pair was filmed in the distance crossing Albert Street and getting closer and closer to the killer’s house. They went to the Bluestone Room where the suspect had previously only drunk beer. They kiss.

9.41 pm: CCTV footage shows the couple entering the hotel where the killer lived. They enter the elevator and go to the killer’s apartment. In the hours that followed, she was brutally murdered, possibly in the early hours of December 2, her birthday.

She greeted her killer with a hug as she stood next to a Christmas tree in the courtyard of the SkyCity casino. They toured several bars, drank cocktails and, as she told one of her best friends in a text message, she was clearly impressed.

“I click with him so well,” she wrote to her friend Ameena Ashcroft. “I’ll let you know what happens tomorrow.”

By morning, however, Miss Millane lay dead in the third-floor apartment worth £190 a week in a city center hotel where the killer lived.

Having been strangled during sex, the 27-year-old had a series of intimate photos of her naked body before watching hardcore pornography into the early hours.

Kempson began purchasing a suitcase to transport her body to a shallow grave in remote bushland on December 2, Miss Millane’s 22nd birthday.

But even before he did, he arranged another Tinder date for that afternoon, in which he told a woman a fake story about an alleged boyfriend who killed a woman during sex.

He was first entangled by a message he left on Miss Millane’s Facebook profile page the night before, as he waited to leave the Bluestone Room bar around the corner.

After being approached by the police, he weaved an elaborate web of lies, initially claiming that he and Miss Millane had broken up as friends and planned to meet the next day.

Caught by CCTV showing him he bought the briefcase, he changed his story, claiming that Miss Millane told him she had learned BDSM sex games with an ex-boyfriend and asked him to strangle her during intercourse.

He said they had each taken pictures of each other’s genitals on their cell phones and that after sex he fell asleep, drunk, in the shower without suspecting that Miss Millane was in danger.

His lies were exposed by records recovered from his cell phone showing that minutes before taking the photos of her, he had searched “Waitakere Ranges,” the hills where he later buried Miss Millane, and “the hottest fire’.

In November 2019, Kempson was tried and convicted of the murder of Miss Millane and sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 17 years.

The Murder of Grace Millane: Social Media Murders, Monday at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub

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