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Timeline of Jordan Monaghan’s murders 

January 2013

Monaghan’s daughter Ruby dies at their home in Blackburn, Lancashire aged just three weeks.

August 2013

Monaghan’s son Logan dies, aged 21 months. Monaghan is questioned by police for eight hours but released.

August 2013

An inquest is held into the death of the two children. Ruby’s death is attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan’s cause of death remained ‘unascertained’.

Monaghan and his then partner, Laura Gray, the children’s biological mother, undergo genetic tests to determine whether the children were killed by a hereditary condition.

January 2018

Monaghan is arrested and quizzed by police, after an incident involving another child, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Police reopen the investigation into the deaths of the two children and Monaghan is arrested on suspicion of murder.

January 2019

Monaghan at this point is in a relationship with Evie. Police become so worried about her welfare that they take her to a place of safety.

But manipluative Monaghan ignores their orders and continues to see her. When the pair are stopped together in a car he claims she is ‘some bird I just met’.  

October 2019

While he is on bail for double murder of the two children, Monaghan’s new partner, Evie Adams dies of a drug overdose.  

Despite now suspecting he is behind the deaths of two children and Evie, police bail him again and the investigation appears to make little progress. 

Between October 2019 and January 2019

Police continue their investigation.

Detectives, who had earlier warned Evie through a court order to steer clear of Monaghan, make a breakthrough.

They discover in the toxicology reports that Evie had a cocktail of tramadol and diazepam in her system.

It is revealed the defendant illegally bought strong prescription drugs on the black market via WhatsApp and other contacts.

Police meanwhile call in 12 of the country’s leading experts in cardiology, genetics, neurology and paediatrics, to try and get to the bottom of what happened to the babies. 

January 2021

Monaghan is rearrested and charged with all three murders.

December 2021

Monaghan is found guilty of three counts of murder following a 10 week trial at Preston Crown Court. He is due to be sentenced at 3pm today.

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Video footage shows the moment a murderous father sings along with The Killers’ Mr. Brightside in a pub a year after he smothered his two children and later killed his partner. 

In the clip, Jordan Monaghan, 30, can be seen belting out the lyrics to the iconic rock tune while drinking with friends in Newcastle. 

It comes as Blackburn council launched a formal review into the deaths of two children after their father was today jailed for at least 40 years after being found guilty of murdering them, and his girlfriend six years later.

Monaghan smothered his newborn baby girl Ruby and toddler son Logan to death in separate murders and astonishingly evaded justice for six years before later killing his new partner while on bail for their murders.

In 2018 Monaghan was arrested as police reviewed their investigation into the deaths of the two children. 

But with the investigation seemingly not moving forward, he was released on police bail, and it was during this period that he killed his girlfriend Evie Adams.

And now, Blackburn Council have launched an investigation into the case.

In a statement, the council said: ‘The Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (CSPR) (previously known as a Serious Case Review) have already been initiated. These are done across agencies with a joint Domestic Homicide Review planned. These reviews were placed on hold pending Police investigations to avoid the risk of prejudicing the trial.

‘An independent CSPR is undertaken when a child dies or the child has been seriously harmed and abuse or neglect is known or suspected in order to identify any improvements to practice that are necessary.’

It comes after Monaghan was today jailed for at least forty years.

The triple killer, a manipulative and controlling gambling addict, obstructed the airways of his helpless children in separate murders in Blackburn, Lancs, in January and August, 2013.

After evading just for six years, and while on bail for the murder of his two children, he killed his new girlfriend, 23-year-old Evie Adams, with a deadly cocktail of prescription drugs in October 2019.

During a court case which laid bare the struggles police and prosecutors had in bringing Monaghan to justice, it was revealed officers had arrested and interviewed six years earlier under caution after the death of Logan. 

But they did not have enough evidence to charge him with either of the murders, and he was released on police bail. 

After further information came to light involving the collapse of another child, who cannot be named, police reviewed the deaths of Ruby, aged 24 days, and Logan, aged 21 months, and in 2018, Monaghan was arrested.

But astonishingly he was then allowed on police bail, with the investigation appearing to have moved little further ahead. While on bail and free to walk the streets Monaghan killed Ms Adams.

Even after her death, Monaghan was still allowed free once more, with police taking a staggering 15 months to finally arrest him against in January 2021, raising questions for Lancashire Police and the CPS as to how he was allowed to continue to evade justice for so long. 

The murder trial heard from a host of experts that the medical evidence regarding the children’s deaths was complicated and contradictory, including at the inquest, where Ruby’s death was attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan’s cause of death was ‘unascertained’.

But on Friday, after a 10 week trial and a 26 hour deliberation by jury members at Preston Crown Court, Monaghan was finally convicted of three murders and two counts of attempted murder.

He was sentenced to three life orders, with a minimum term of at least 40 years.

Monaghan was also sentenced to 27 years on each count of attempted murder, though his actual sentence will be life with a minimum term of 40 years.

Tonight, as questions are asked over whether there were chances to stop Monaghan at an earlier stage, Blackburn Council announced it would launch a review into the deaths of Ruby and Logan.

The court heard how Monaghan had repeatedly and secretly harmed his two children to make them appear sick every time his former partner, Laura Gray, the children’s biological mother, had attempted to end their relationship.  

Ms Gray, the 28-year-old mother of the children, could be heard weeping in the public gallery as the verdicts were given. 

Today, in a heartbreaking statement read out at Monaghan’s sentencing, Ms Gray said: ‘All I ever wanted was to be a mum. I wanted to give children the love and opportunities I never had growing up. Jordan knew how much I wanted that. 

‘My children are the most important thing in my life. I loved every single day I had with them.

‘I have the memories and they are truly lovely memories but memories will never beat the reality.

‘I will never be the same person again. When the children went a huge part of me went with them.’   

Mr Justice Goose passing sentencing, told Monaghan: ‘Your victims were your children, then your partner.

‘It is difficult to know why you carried out these offences. Having listened to the evidence in this trial, in short you are an exceptionally controlling, selfish and cruel man.

Triple killer Jordan Monaghan is facing life behind bars after being convicted of murdering his newborn baby girl and toddler son by smothering, and six years later killing his new partner with a drug overdose

Triple killer Jordan Monaghan is facing life behind bars after being convicted of murdering his newborn baby girl and toddler son by smothering, and six years later killing his new partner with a drug overdose

Triple killer Jordan Monaghan is facing life behind bars after being convicted of murdering his newborn baby girl and toddler son by smothering, and six years later killing his new partner with a drug overdose

Jordan Monaghan was today found guilty of smothering three-week-old daughter, Ruby (pictured left), on New Year's Day 2013, and 21-month-old son, Logan (pictured right), eight months later

Jordan Monaghan was today found guilty of smothering three-week-old daughter, Ruby (pictured left), on New Year's Day 2013, and 21-month-old son, Logan (pictured right), eight months later

Jordan Monaghan was today found guilty of smothering three-week-old daughter, Ruby (pictured left), on New Year’s Day 2013, and 21-month-old son, Logan (pictured right), eight months later

Monaghan, of Blackburn, was also found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Evie Adams (pictured) in 2019 by giving her an overdose of tramadol and diazepam, which he bought on the black market

Monaghan, of Blackburn, was also found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Evie Adams (pictured) in 2019 by giving her an overdose of tramadol and diazepam, which he bought on the black market

Monaghan, of Blackburn, was also found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Evie Adams (pictured) in 2019 by giving her an overdose of tramadol and diazepam, which he bought on the black market

Jordan Monaghan posted this picture of him proposing to girlfriend Evie Adams, who he has today been found guilty of murdering

Jordan Monaghan posted this picture of him proposing to girlfriend Evie Adams, who he has today been found guilty of murdering

Jordan Monaghan posted this picture of him proposing to girlfriend Evie Adams, who he has today been found guilty of murdering

Pictured: Jordan Monaghan and his former partner Laura Grey leaving Blackburn Coroners in 2014 after the inquest into their son Logan's death. Monaghan later killed girlfriend Evie Adams

Pictured: Jordan Monaghan and his former partner Laura Grey leaving Blackburn Coroners in 2014 after the inquest into their son Logan's death. Monaghan later killed girlfriend Evie Adams

Pictured: Jordan Monaghan and his former partner Laura Grey leaving Blackburn Coroners in 2014 after the inquest into their son Logan’s death. Monaghan later killed girlfriend Evie Adams

Triple killer Jordan Monaghan faked grief of losing children and complained police were treating him like a criminal

Jordan Monaghan faked the grief of losing his children by claiming their deaths were ‘heart-breaking.’ 

Days after murdering Logan, the 30-year-old spoke about the torment of losing both of his children – and complained the police had treated him and the children’s mum, Laura Gray, 28, as criminals.

Digger driver Monaghan sobbed: ‘It’s been like a bad dream and we expect to wake up at any moment.

‘You never get over losing a child but we were just starting to move on and then Logan dies.

‘You always expect your children to outlive you and don’t think you’ll have to plan their funeral. But we have had to do it twice it eight months. It’s heart-breaking.’

He added: ‘We wanted Ruby and Logan to be buried together but we have been told our daughter’s grave is just for one person.

‘Logan will be buried in the next-but-one plot to Ruby, so we take comfort in that.

‘We are happy that they are going to be close to each other.’

Following Logan’s death on August 17, Monaghan were quizzed for eight hours by cops before being released.

Jordan said: ‘Even though we were told they weren’t treating the death as suspicious, we did feel like criminals.’

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‘The trigger to these offences were your volatile relationships. The consequences were the snuffing out of the lives of two very young children and a young woman.

‘You killed them secretively and then pretended it was by tragic accident. I have no doubt Laura, a good mother, would not have remained with you if she had known the truth.’ 

Speaking of Ruby, the judge added: ‘Her life had barely started and you extinguished it.’ 

Meanwhile, a statement read out on behalf of Evie Adam’s family said: ‘The outcome of the trial is a small degree of comfort to us but doesn’t bring Evie back.’ 

The court previously heard how construction worker Monaghan, of Belgrave Close, Blackburn, smothered Ruby on New Year’s Day, 2013, as she slept in her Moses basket. Monaghan was alone with the child as her mother slept upstairs at the family home.

Eight months later, after Miss Gray discovered that her boyfriend owed thousands of pounds in gambling debts, she told him the relationship was over.

The next day he took their son, Logan, aged 21 months, to a local swimming pool, Waves in Blackburn.

While alone in a cubicle in the changing rooms he smothered the child, the jury heard.

Ruby’s and Logan’s deaths were both investigated as sudden and unexplained events, but the girl’s death was attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan’s cause of death remained ‘unascertained’.

Both had been seen by medics in the days and months before their deaths, but other than usual childhood illnesses no serious medical condition was found.

But a review was carried out by Lancashire Police after further information came to light and Monaghan was arrested and bailed on suspicion of murder in January 2018.

As the highly complex police investigation continued, Monaghan began a ‘toxic’ relationship with mother-of-one Evie, who had suffered ‘chronic abuse’ before becoming a foster child aged 12.

Police warned her not to be with him and a court order was made banning contact. 

But the relationship continued and, while on bail for the murder of his children, Monaghan killed Miss Adams after she threatened to dump him.

Monaghan told her: ‘I won’t keep putting up with you saying we are over.’

The defendant illegally bought strong prescription drugs on the black market via WhatsApp and other contacts.

Ruby's  and Logan's (pictured) deaths were both investigated as sudden and unexplained events, but the girl's death was attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan's cause of death remained 'unascertained'.

Ruby's  and Logan's (pictured) deaths were both investigated as sudden and unexplained events, but the girl's death was attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan's cause of death remained 'unascertained'.

Ruby’s  and Logan’s (pictured) deaths were both investigated as sudden and unexplained events, but the girl’s death was attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan’s cause of death remained ‘unascertained’.

A construction worker, Monaghan, of Belgrave Close, Blackburn, smothered Ruby (pictured left) on New Year's Day, 2013, as she slept in her Moses basket. Monaghan was alone with the child as her mother slept upstairs at the family home.

A construction worker, Monaghan, of Belgrave Close, Blackburn, smothered Ruby (pictured left) on New Year's Day, 2013, as she slept in her Moses basket. Monaghan was alone with the child as her mother slept upstairs at the family home.

Monaghan also killed his Logan, aged 21 months in August 2013

Monaghan also killed his Logan, aged 21 months in August 2013

A construction worker, Monaghan, of Belgrave Close, Blackburn, smothered Ruby (pictured left) on New Year’s Day, 2013, as she slept in her Moses basket. Monaghan was alone with the child as her mother slept upstairs at the family home.

Ruby's (pictured) and Logan's deaths were both investigated as sudden and unexplained events, but the girl's death was attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan's cause of death remained 'unascertained'

Ruby's (pictured) and Logan's deaths were both investigated as sudden and unexplained events, but the girl's death was attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan's cause of death remained 'unascertained'

Ruby’s (pictured) and Logan’s deaths were both investigated as sudden and unexplained events, but the girl’s death was attributed to bronchiolitis and Logan’s cause of death remained ‘unascertained’

Laura Gray (pictured here with Monaghan), the 28-year-old mother of the children, could be heard weeping in the public gallery as the verdicts were given.

Laura Gray (pictured here with Monaghan), the 28-year-old mother of the children, could be heard weeping in the public gallery as the verdicts were given.

Laura Gray (pictured here with Monaghan), the 28-year-old mother of the children, could be heard weeping in the public gallery as the verdicts were given.

Miss Adams was found to have tramadol, diazepam, amitriptyline, zopiclone and pregabalin medication in her body after her collapse and death on October 24, 2019.

She died from tramadol and diazepam toxicity.

He then faked a suicide note from Miss Adams, discovered apparently by chance falling out of a picture frame as he removed the couple’s favourite photo of themselves to place in her coffin.

Jordan Monaghan ‘faked suicide note and then staged its discovery’ 

Triple killer Jordan Monaghan faked a suicide note for his partner Evie Adams and then staged its discovery, a court previously heard.

During his murder trial, prosecutors told the jury that Monaghan was the real author of the letter which he said was from Ms Adams.

The court heard he then staged its ‘discovery’ when it fell out of a picture frame, as he removed the couple’s favourite photo of themselves to place in her coffin. 

Monaghan has been found guilty of murdering Ms Adams with an overdose of drugs he bought illegally online. 

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Monaghan was re-arrested in January this year and charged with all three murders.

He claimed to have nothing to do with the death of his children, but a dozen experts told the court that while the exact cause of the deaths was difficult to pin down, imposed airway obstruction was either ‘likely’ or could not be ruled out.

Monaghan also claimed the illegal prescription drugs were for himself and denied ever giving any to Miss Adams.

Following the conviction of Jordan Monaghan, Martin Hill, deputy head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) North West’s Complex Case Unit, said: ‘Jordan Monaghan’s cruelty is beyond belief and the ruthlessness of these murders is harrowing.

‘It is difficult to comprehend the depravity that went into planning and committing these murders.

‘Three innocent people needlessly lost their lives due to Monaghan’s utter selfishness.

‘Together, the CPS and Lancashire police were able to build a strong case against him by ensuring all possible medical explanations for the deaths of the children could be discounted.

‘I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering that Monaghan’s actions have caused to the families of the victims.

‘They have conducted themselves with the upmost dignity and been incredibly brave and patient throughout.

‘Nothing can make up for the loss of their loved ones, but we can only hope, following today’s conviction, they feel justice has been done.  Our thoughts remain with the families.’ 

Meanwhile, Jayne Ivory, Director of Children’s Services at Blackburn and Darwen Council, said: ‘It is truly difficult for anyone to comprehend that a father could murder his own children and partner in such a callous and calculated way. Our thoughts are with family and anyone affected by this heart-breaking case.

‘These cases date back as far as 2013 where his innocent children and partner died at the hands of a cruel father and partner who was able to manipulate them all, his environment and tell lie after lie to the Police and professionals.

‘Looking at what and if anything could have been done to prevent these single catastrophic incidents is something that will be addressed as part of independent reviews into each tragic case.

‘Every single incidence of harm against a child or another human being is a tragedy and it is imperative lessons are learned across all agencies which can help prevent such terrible events.’

How Jordan Monaghan smothered his daughter Ruby, killed his son Logan and then murdered his new partner Evie – six years later

As millions welcomed in another new year, Jordan Monaghan’s newborn daughter Ruby had just two hours left to live.

As she slept in her Moses basket at the family home, her father smothered her with his hands. She was just 24 days old.

The 30-year-old construction worker now faces life behind bars after a jury at Preston Crown Court found him guilty of Ruby’s murder, along with the murder of her brother, Logan, just months later, and his new partner, mother-of-one Evie Adams, six years later.

Ruby had fed normally and was ‘absolutely fine’ when her mother, Laura Gray, 28, went to bed shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day 2013.

Her father, for the first time, had offered to do the 2am feed, leaving Ruby sleeping soundly in her Moses basket. She was alone with the defendant downstairs.

Around two hours later, Miss Gray was woken by Monaghan shouting up the stairs: ‘You need to get down. I don’t think Ruby is breathing.’

Despite emergency treatment in hospital the baby did not recover consciousness and was pronounced dead at 2.45am.

As Ruby (pictured) slept in her Moses basket at the family home, her father smothered her with his hands. She was just 24 days old

As Ruby (pictured) slept in her Moses basket at the family home, her father smothered her with his hands. She was just 24 days old

As Ruby (pictured) slept in her Moses basket at the family home, her father smothered her with his hands. She was just 24 days old

Monaghan told police he had been watching Die Hard on TV when he found his daughter was not breathing.

A sudden death investigation was begun but a post-mortem examination concluded that Ruby had died from acute bronchopneumonia.

However, the jury heard that the pathologist was ‘mistaken’ – Ruby did not die of natural causes but because her father had obstructed her airways.

Eight months later, on August 17, Monaghan struck again.

Miss Gray discovered her partner had £2,000 gambling debts, had not paid the rent on their home and was hiding money from her. She told him the relationship was over.

Later that day, Monaghan took their 21-month-old son, Logan, to Waves, a local swimming pool, with the toddler appearing ‘happy, talking, behaving normally’ on the way.

CCTV showed them at reception at 2.06pm and then leaving the centre 27 minutes later.

Monaghan claimed he had got changed but realised he had forgotten Logan’s swimming cap and left without going in the pool.

While in the cubicle he smothered the little boy by obstructing his mouth and nose.

He pulled the rain cover over his pushchair, left the pool and returned home, telling Miss Gray her son was sleeping.

Monaghan then left the property, telling her to wake Logan up while he was out, to ensure he was ‘putting distance’ between him and the discovery that the toddler was dead.

The second ‘tragedy’ brought the couple together again and the relationship continued for a time, but by 2018 Monaghan had begun another relationship with 23-year-old Miss Adams, who had suffered ‘chronic’ abuse as a child and was fostered at the age of 12.

Phone records gathered by detectives showed a series of WhatsApp, Snapchat and text messages from Monaghan’s phone in the days leading up to Miss Adams’ death.

The defendant joined a WhatsApp group titled ‘UK Tablets’ and was asking for ‘pregabs’ – short for pregabalin, an anti-anxiety medication – tramadol, and ‘blues’, or diazepam.

Monaghan told police he had been watching Die Hard on TV when he found his daughter Ruby (pictured) was not breathing

Monaghan told police he had been watching Die Hard on TV when he found his daughter Ruby (pictured) was not breathing

Monaghan told police he had been watching Die Hard on TV when he found his daughter Ruby (pictured) was not breathing

Miss Adams told friends she felt she was ‘dying and weak’ as she became confused, struggled with her balance and could only focus her vision when using one eye – all effects of the drugs.

Monaghan was also controlling her access to medical help and ‘stringing her along’ about making appointments with her GP.

As Miss Adams lay dying, Monaghan again ‘made himself scarce’ by leaving the house they shared with other members of the defendant’s family in Hazel Close, Blackburn, taking her mobile phone with him.

Shortly after he returned, an ambulance was called when Miss Adams was found collapsed, lying on her back, on the bedroom floor.

Despite emergency resuscitation attempts by paramedics, she was declared dead at 8.50pm on October 24 2019.

A post-mortem examination showed Miss Adams died from tramadol and diazepam toxicity, drugs never prescribed to her but sought and obtained by Monaghan and given to her ‘covertly without her agreement or knowledge’, the jury heard.

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