Esther Ghey has revealed her daughter sends “pink signs” to tell her she’s okay as the family prepare to mark the first anniversary of her murder at the hands of Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe
The mum of murdered Brianna Ghey has broken her silence to reveal her daughter sends pink signs to tell them she is okay.
Brianna, who was transgender, was just 16 when she was lured to a park last February and stabbed to death. Her 16-year-old killers Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe were jailed for 22 and 20 years respectively, earlier this month.
Her mum, Esther Ghey, has revealed Brianna doesn’t have a grave, as she keeps her ashes in a pink casket in the pink-loving teen’s bedroom. “Every time something significant has happened, we’ve had pink skies,” Esther reportedly said.
“When the verdict came in there were unusual rainbow clouds and then on the day of the sentencing, there were lovely pink skies… Pink was Brianna’s favourite colour. It gives me comfort to know she’s ok, and she’s sending me these signs to tell me that she’s happy and she’s all right.
“Brianna doesn’t have a grave…because Brianna just loved being in her bedroom. I’ve got her ashes in a pink casket in her room, so she’s always with us… Today, we’ve got a picture wall with all her photos on it to remind me of the happy times. I go in and sit with her. It’s such a calming room, it feels nice to be in there with her.”
On Sunday the family will mark the first anniversary of her murder on February 11. Esther, 37, her partner, Wes Powell, 30, and Brianna’s older sister, Alisha, 19, will be at the Warrington’s Golden Square shopping centre at 3pm for a vigil. Brianna’s killers were described as “warped” as it emerged Jenkinson, who was obsessed with serial killers, planned Brianna’s murder with Ratcliffe in a series of chilling messages over Snapchat and WhatsApp.
Yet Brianna’s compassionate mum, Esther, told the Daily Mail she would “like” to speak to Jenkinson’s mother, Emma Sutton, 49. “She will be grieving as well and I want her to know that I don’t blame her,” she said. “I know how difficult it is to keep track of your children. Parenting doesn’t come with a handbook and no one wants to raise a child to do what they did. I really, really, do feel so sorry for them.
“They didn’t commit the crime. They’re not the ones that have done it, the children are the ones that have done it. I call them children but they were old enough to know exactly what they were doing… They have also lost a child but they have not only lost a child but they have also got that shame attached to it.
“It’s absolutely horrific what they are going through as well and I think it is an extremely sad situation for everybody. Nobody would have wanted this to happen. I would like to speak to her because I think that she will be obviously grieving as well. I want her to know I don’t blame her…”
The mum said she never met Jenkinson, who was supposed to be a new friend of her daughter’s, but Brianna had spoken happily about her at home. Jenkinson, who lived around four miles away from Brianna, had joined her school, Birchwood Community High School in Warrington, just ten weeks before she murdered her.
The mum told how after her daughter’s death she discovered Brianna had been visiting “disgusting” pro-anorexia and self-harm sites on Twitter. She told how she believed Brianna’s transitioning was not the cause of her mental health struggles.
“Maybe it impacts your mental health if you feel like you have to hide away and you don’t feel like you’ve got that support,” says Esther. “But it was the pandemic and lockdown that massively affected her. The struggles she had were the same as so many other children had.”
She said when lockdown ended, Brianna found it difficult to return to lessons, anxious about being around hundreds of other people again. “She was so complex,” Esther said. “She had her anxiety and all of her struggles, but she was also really outgoing. She was really witty. She had such a sharp tongue. I always got the brunt of it, as her mother. She always had a comeback. She always had to have the last word.”
She told how Brianna became more “reclusive” spending several days at a time alone in her bedroom, not leaving the house. They were worried about her chatting to strangers online. “It was constant worry and a constant battle. And it was one that school was involved with as well,” she said.
“They were really supportive because they were concerned about what she was doing. She was offered internet safety talks, but she didn’t want to listen.” Esther is now campaigning for better regulation of social media and fighting for parents to have control over what their children can access on their phones.
She says if her daughter’s killers had not been able to send disturbing messages to each other or view the dark web, Brianna would be alive today. She continued: “How many parents out there don’t know if their child is accessing this kind of stuff? It’s scary. That’s why I’m calling for mobile phone companies to take more responsibility.”
The mum says she is now planning to get married to Wes later this year, who she described as her “rock” and an “amazing” step dad. “Brianna would have been so excited by the wedding, she was very fond of Wes,” she said. Esther says she will have pink flowers in her flower crown for Brianna to be there “in spirit”.