A millionaire farmer’s wife and her lover have been jailed for life for murdering the wealthy landowner after exchanging warped messages about making love in the victim’s blood.Sex-obsessed Angela Taylor, 53, and Paul Cannon, 54, wrote 28,000 lurid WhatsApp messages to each other over 148 days as they plotted the killing of Angela’s husband Bill…
A millionaire farmer’s wife and her lover have been jailed for life for murdering the wealthy landowner after exchanging warped messages about making love in the victim’s blood.
Sex-obsessed Angela Taylor, 53, and Paul Cannon, 54, wrote 28,000 lurid WhatsApp messages to each other over 148 days as they plotted the killing of Angela’s husband Bill Taylor.
Footage of police interviews released today show’s the farmer’s wife refusing to tell police where they dumped her husband’s body, denying his family the chance to bury him sooner.
Cannon meanwhile refused to answer questions over why the couple suddenly stopped sharing their fantasies after the date when they killed Mr Taylor.
The two killers were today given life sentences and each ordered to spend 22 years behind bars before they can apply for parole. They will both be in their late seventies by that time.
Angela Taylor (left) and her lover Paul Cannon (right) have been jailed for life for murdering her farmer husband William Taylor
Jailing them today, Judge Michael Kay QC said: ‘Only Paul Cannon and Angela Taylor and perhaps an unknown accomplice know what happened that night.
‘The evidence suggests that having been lured out of his house, William Taylor was attacked in the farmyard and killed there by means of strangulation or suffocation.
‘(William Taylor) loved Angela Taylor to the end despite whatever she did to him and however much she did not deserve that love.’
The judge said the ‘primary reason’ for the killing ‘may be simply the extent to which Angela Taylor in particular loathed the very sight of William Taylor and felt she could never be rid of him.’
The pair spoke about sending wealthy Bill Taylor, 69, ‘to hell’ after tying him to a chair and forcing him to watch them have sex.
In further messages, they planned how to murder him – discussing weapons they could use and how much it would cost to hire a contract killer.
Mr Taylor’s wife Angela (left), 53, and her lover are said to have had a ‘venomous hatred’ for Mr Taylor (right)
Police during the investigation at Mr Taylor’s farms near Hitchin in Hertfordshire
One message sent by Cannon two days before the farmer’s disappearance read: ‘I want to get rid of that poisonous **** … make love to you on his kitchen table… soaked in blood, with him tied to a chair so he had to watch. Then send him to hell.’
Taylor replied: ‘Think that would kill him, last thing he saw was us making love xxxxxx.’
The lovers wrongly believed the messages were secure and could not be retrieved once deleted. When digger driver Cannon was arrested and handed his iPhone 6 to police, they uncovered 78 pages of sordid messages.
The court heard the farmer’s wife and her lover ‘loathed’ him and set fire to his Land Rover in the run-up to the killing
But Taylor and Cannon claimed they were nothing more than ‘meaningless fantasy’.
They insisted sending the messages enhanced their lovemaking and helped them let off steam over their frustration at Mr Taylor’s refusal to grant his estranged wife a divorce.
But the jury found the pair guilty of murdering the farmer who was devastated when he realised Taylor – his second wife – was cheating on him.
Judge Kay said today: ‘There is an old adage which is peculiarly applicable to this case: Money cannot buy you happiness.
‘The Taylor family, by which I mean William Taylor, his second wife Angela Taylor and his son from his first marriage, Richard Taylor, collectively and individually owned properties and farmland near Hitchin which were worth tens of millions of pounds.
“However, a toxic combination and jealousy, hatred and greed rendered all of them unhappy. Angela Taylor and Richard Taylor despised each other. Both of them were suspicious of each other’s intentions and roles in the life of William Taylor.
“William Taylor was caught in the middle between the two warring sides of his family.
“It was evident that, at times, he was distraught about the situation. In particular, he loved Angela to the end, despite whatever she did to him and however much she did not deserve that love.”
In February, a fisherman found his decomposed body on a riverbank outside Gosmore, Hitchin
Mr Taylor vanished from his £1.2million house, Harkness Hall, in Gosmore, Hertfordshire, in June 2018. His badly decomposed body was found propped upright in the River Hiz in Hitchin in February this year..
There were no obvious signs he had been attacked – no knife or gunshot wounds – and no water in his lungs, indicating he was dead before he ended up in the river.
But investigators found a fracture to a bone in Mr Taylor’s neck, raising the possibility of strangulation. The jury was told it was likely he had been smothered or suffocated.
Killer lovers fantasised about murder in sick messages
Angela Taylor and Paul Cannon exchanged hundreds of twisted messages in which they discussed sick ways to murder her estranged husband.
The pair also discussed having sex in millionaire Bill Taylor’s blood, a jury was told.
In a text to his lover about her husband, Cannon allegedly wrote: ‘He needs to be put down… Will get what he deserves and I will get his beautiful wife.’
On one occasion, Cannon joked: ‘Just watching [the Quentin Tarantino movie] Kill Bill 2 lol.’
Taylor replied: ‘One would be nice.’
The couple repeatedly exchanged messages about killing Mr Taylor
In another message, two days before Mr Taylor, 69, went missing, Cannon is said to have written: ‘I want to make love to you on his kitchen table… soaked in blood, with him tied to a chair so he had to watch. Then send him to hell.’
Taylor allegedly replied: ‘Think that would kill him, last thing he saw was us making love xxxxxx’
Discussing plans to kill the farmer, Cannon wrote: ‘We need to get together soon and sort out a plan. We have got to get him out of the picture very soon darling.’
Given evidence in court, Paul Cannon insisted it was just a ‘little fantasy’ and he was not involved in the millionaire’s death.
Describing the exchanges that led up to their trysts, Cannon, 54, said: ‘I would say ‘I want to get rid of him’, and I knew it excited her.
‘I know she finds this stuff arousing. It excited me. The sex becomes more intense.’
Paul Cannon said sex with AnTaylor became ‘more intense’ when he spoke of harming her estranged husband