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Killer, 26, who practised murder on a CAT before beating a stranger on night out and leaving him to drown in a river was so confident she got away with ‘perfect murder’ that she boasted to her lover – but was dobbed in to police after it went sour


Sadistic killer Scarlet Blake was so confident she had got away with the ‘perfect murder’ that she couldn’t help boasting about it – that led to her finally being caught and now facing a life sentence in prison.

Such was the arrogance of the transgender 25-year-old – who warmed up for murder by filming herself torturing a neighbour’s cat and putting the body in a blender – that she couldn’t resist sharing details of how she killed random stranger Jorge Martin Carreno.

Having targeted him as he sat alone in the early hours of the morning in a park, Blake had smashed a vodka bottle over his head then strangled him as he lay dazed and pushed him into a river to drown.

Blake, who was born a boy but transitioned to become a woman in her troubled teens, even took trophy photos at the spot where she killed the 30-year-old BMW engineer – and sent them to her partner Ashlynn Bell, a fellow trans woman.

Police believe Blake would have got away with the sadistic murder had she not later had a bitter falling out with Bell – who then contacted detectives at Thames Valley Police to reveal that she knew of a ‘murder confession’ from Blake.

Four months before the killing Blake live-streamed killing a cat and putting it in a blender having been inspired by the hit Netflix series 'Don't F*** with Cats'

Four months before the killing Blake live-streamed killing a cat and putting it in a blender having been inspired by the hit Netflix series ‘Don’t F*** with Cats’

BMW worker Mr Carreno (pictured) had been on a night out when he was approached by Blake

BMW worker Mr Carreno (pictured) had been on a night out when he was approached by Blake

Blake even took trophy photos at the spot where she killed the 30-year-old BMW engineer - and sent them to her partner Ashlynn Bell (pictured)

Blake even took trophy photos at the spot where she killed the 30-year-old BMW engineer – and sent them to her partner Ashlynn Bell (pictured)

Police believe Blake would have got away with the sadistic murder had she not later had a bitter falling out with Bell

Police believe Blake would have got away with the sadistic murder had she not later had a bitter falling out with Bell

A sick picture captures transgender killer Scarlet Blake relishing the moment she puts a cat in a blender

A sick picture captures transgender killer Scarlet Blake relishing the moment she puts a cat in a blender

It was only then – almost two years after Jorge’s death – that police finally learned of Blake’s gruesome obsession with death and of how she had warmed up for her attack on him by making a four-hour video of herself slaughtering a neighbour’s cat.

This sickening act – culminating in the animal being put in a food processor – had been inspired by the Netflix documentary ‘Don’t F*** with Cats’ which charted the progress of Canadian misfit Luka Magnotta from killing pets to taking the life of a human victim.

For almost two years the UK investigation into Carreno’s death in a park in July 2021 had stalled – with no witnesses coming forward with any relevant information.

All police had to go on was the shadowy figure seen walking alongside Carreno as they headed towards a beauty spot known as Parson’s Pleasure in the early hours of the morning shortly before he was found dead.

It was only when ‘out of the blue’ Bell contacted UK police to reveal Blake had confessed to the murder – and even sent her the combat jacket she had worn on the night of the killing – that the investigation took off.

Detectives flew to Colorado to take Bell’s statement – and her bombshell evidence quickly led police to realise Blake was that shadowy figure seen with Jorge.

Chilling CCTV shows a cat killer obsessed with violence and death walking the streets of a city centre looking for a victim

Chilling CCTV shows a cat killer obsessed with violence and death walking the streets of a city centre looking for a victim

Prosecutors say Scarlet Blake, 25, was searching the streets of Oxford looking for someone to kill, and found Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, who was unable to find his way home

Prosecutors say Scarlet Blake, 25, was searching the streets of Oxford looking for someone to kill, and found Jorge Martin Carreno, 30, who was unable to find his way home

The footage shows Mr Carreno, a Spanish national, trying to find his way home, and not realising he has dropped his wallet

The footage shows Mr Carreno, a Spanish national, trying to find his way home, and not realising he has dropped his wallet

Eventually Mr Carreno is seen sitting down in Radcliffe Square, where Blake later finds him and shares her vodka with him

Eventually Mr Carreno is seen sitting down in Radcliffe Square, where Blake later finds him and shares her vodka with him

Scarlet Blake being led to court for the start of her trial earlier this month

Scarlet Blake being led to court for the start of her trial earlier this month

Despite being the tipping point in the case by identifying the murder - potentially crucial witness Bell - who herself was obsessed with guns and death - told police that she was too mentally damaged to give evidence in court

Despite being the tipping point in the case by identifying the murder – potentially crucial witness Bell – who herself was obsessed with guns and death – told police that she was too mentally damaged to give evidence in court 

Blake claimed Bell (pictured) had been manipulating her and she had been terrified for her safety unless she complied

Blake claimed Bell (pictured) had been manipulating her and she had been terrified for her safety unless she complied

This prompted the arrest of Blake at the home she shared with her medical researcher mother in a quiet cul-de-sac in Marston, Oxford.

But despite being the tipping point in the case by identifying the murder – potentially crucial witness Bell – who herself was obsessed with guns and death – told police that she was too mentally damaged to give evidence in court as she was suffering from PTSD among other conditions.

This meant prosecutors could not use the ‘confession’ from Blake to Bell as part of their case and in their eye substantially weakened their case.

So they were stunned when Blake’s own defence counsel revealed the confession to the jury voluntarily.

This was because Blake wanted to explain away bragging about the murder by saying it had all been just fantasy roleplay with her online lover.

She claimed Bell had been manipulating her and – even though living over 3,000 miles away for her – she had been terrified for her safety unless she complied.

The jury of five women and seven men looked disinterested as Blake – in a flat, almost robotic voice – attempted to explain that her confession was all made up as a game.

Bodycam footage from the first police officer on the scene was played at Oxford Crown Court on the third day of the trial, showing when Mr Carreno’s body was recovered from the water

But her bizarre account, including rambling replies to questions – some lasting up to four minutes – fell flat in court.

Members of Carreno’s family, who had flown over for the trial from their home in Spain, were so disgusted at Blake’s lies that they stormed out of court.

The victim’s two almost identical brothers – Jorge was a triplet – were often in tears as the final moments of his life were described in court.

They were visibly shaken as they heard how ‘predator’ Blake had stalked and killed Jorge to satisfy her blood lust.

Blake’s arrest had stunned her family and small circle of friends – none had any idea that behind the doors of the £300,000 bungalow, where she lived with her mother, that she gloried in inflicting pain on whoever crossed her path.

Born in China to parents who were both doctors, Blake had moved to the UK when she was four years old.

Neighbours in Marston remember her as a ‘quiet child’ doted on by her mother Chen, a heart specialist, and father Henry who now lives in China.

Prosecutors say Blake stalked and killed 30-year-old Jorge Martin Carreno (pictured) in July 2021

Prosecutors say Blake stalked and killed 30-year-old Jorge Martin Carreno (pictured) in July 2021

But that changed when she hit her teens and dropped out of Cherwell School in Marston to undergo treatment to change sex.

She also changed her birth name from Zang to initially Alice Wang – the Scarlet Blake name coming later.

One neighbour said: ‘She was bullied at school because she was a trans, and that led to her leaving half way through the sixth form.

‘We used to see her with friends tinkering with cars in the garage. She was always very pleasant, but there were times when police would be called to the house.

‘Her mum came here once to say she had been self-harming. She was very upset.’

Blake admitted she got sexual pleasure from strangulation and spent hours chatting in online forums using encrypted sites such as Discord and Signal.

She also claimed to suffer from a personality disorder and identified as different people, including Alice Chang and a woman called Candy.

An image entitled 'First date with me' which showed pictures of duct tape, a knife, rope and a handgun had also been downloaded to the 25-year-old's phone, the court has previously been told

An image entitled ‘First date with me’ which showed pictures of duct tape, a knife, rope and a handgun had also been downloaded to the 25-year-old’s phone, the court has previously been told

Prosecutors say Blake had a fetish for strangulation and was obsessed with violence and death. Jurors were previously shown a collage of nine female killers that was saved by Blake

Prosecutors say Blake had a fetish for strangulation and was obsessed with violence and death. Jurors were previously shown a collage of nine female killers that was saved by Blake

But despite claiming to suffer from mental disorders and depression no psychiatrist or specialist was ever called to support her story.

It was on the US based Signal site that police found a shocking four hour long video where Blake cut open a neighbour’s cat called Starlet while still alive and pinned down by a ligature.

Blake giggled as she dissected the animal and put its body in a juice blender. The cat’s heart was kept as a souvenir in a trinket box.

A photo of Blake grinning holding the cat’s severed head was shown to the jury as well another of her smiling next to the blender.

The judge ruled the video was too distressing to be shown in court but one member of the jury was so distressed she sent a note to the judge asking if they would be able to seek therapy after the trial.

Police admit that without speaking to Bell the death of Carreno would have remained unsolved

Police admit that without speaking to Bell the death of Carreno would have remained unsolved

During the gruesome killing the New Order song ‘True Faith’ played in the background – the same song killer Luka Magnotta played while he suffocated kittens and put the videos on the internet.

His killing spree was ended by cat lovers so outraged that they tracked him down and led to his arrest in 2012 for the murder of Lun Chin, a computer technician.

Like Blake’s victim Carreno, he was picked at random by Magnotta who is serving a life sentence in a Canadian jail.

Once the Crown Prosecution Service viewed the video and added this to the ‘confession’ a decision was taken to charge Blake with murder.

Prosecutor Alison Morgan KC was able to portray Blake as a woman obsessed with violence who wanted to experience the thrill of killing someone having enjoyed the process of killing a cat as it struggled for life.

During her two days on the witness stand Blake was caught out in a blatant lie when she claimed not be aware of the ‘Don’t F*** with Cats’ Netflix series.

In an extract from the audio of the cat killing Blake could be heard admitting to having watched the three-part series.

Police admit that without speaking to Bell the death of Carreno would have remained unsolved.

A police source said: ‘We have always been determined to find who was with Jorge that night in order to provide answers for his family and never gave up in trying to do so.

‘Blake is a predatory offender who had a fixation with violence and who targeted a vulnerable individual and caused his death.’



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