Revealed: Jodi killer Luke Mitchell's chilling prison cell poem vowing revenge on his enemies
Jul 5 2010 Exclusive by David Taylor
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Killer Luke Mitchell has penned a sinister threat to enemies - and stuck it on his cell wall.
In his poem, the murderer of 14-year-old Jodi Jones claims he's immortal, talks about drinking blood and vows to seek revenge on those who put him behind bars.
Part of the self-styled "prayer" is taken from the Bible's Psalm 23:4. But it is the rest of the rant which is most disturbing.
In the verse, he claims he will embrace evil and stab it with a "big f*****' stick".
Mitchell, now 21, was caged for killing then-girlfriend Jodi when they were just 14.
The tragic teen was found with her throat slashed in woods separating their family homes in Dalkeith, Midlothian, in 2003.
Mitchell has already blamed Jodi's family for his conviction. It remains unclear if his bizarre poem, entitled My Promise, is addressed to them or others he holds a grudge against.
Written on a sheet of A4 paper, the full passage states: "As I walk through the shadow of the valley of death, I will fear no evil, I will embrace and stab it with a big f*****' stick.
"I will watch it bleed, blood and life it took from me and others, and as I drink this life blood, I will regain my life and theirs.
"I will watch, as those who took so much from us spill their blood on the soil, for they will have no redemption, no mercy, for they gave none.
"I will watch as they wither and die, and I shall seek vengeance for those no longer capable.
"For I am immortal, I cannot die, not untill (sic) I have spilt the life blood of those who would spill mine."
A copy of the script, written in Mitchell's own hand, was passed to the Daily Record by a horrified source at maximum security Shotts prison, in Lanarkshire, where Mitchell is serving his sentence.
Our source at Shotts, which holds some of Scotland's most dangerous criminals, said: "Talking about seeking revenge, drinking blood and watching people wither and die is clearly not the kind of thoughts most decent people have.
"He has had the passage up on his cell wall. for some time and revels in quoting parts of it to his cronies. There is no doubt this is a threat to those he blames for sending him to prison for at least 20 years."
Last night, a leading psychologist slammed the poem as both disturbing and threatening, while showing no emotion for the victim.
Professor Paddy O'Donnell, deputy head of Glasgow University's department of psychology, said: "The emotional quality of the language is extremely high and it consists of a stream of very negative threatening words.
"Anyone reading that is going to feel disturbed and one of the purposes behind the poem is to disturb the reader.
"In that sense, the poem is intended as an aggressive communication rather than a cry for help or even an expression of anguish - it is essentially a long threat.
"It is not exactly a work of art because it uses quotations and quite repetitive imagery, so you are looking at a rather stilted and threatening communication without much in the way of creative novelty."
Professor O'Donnell said he felt the poem revealed Mitchel l to have a massive ego yet, even seven years after the atrocity, he cannot bring himself to accept any blame for the murder.
He added: "He uses quite a lot of biblical imagery which, evoked in the context of the threat, is meant to do two things.
"The first is that it makes the threat more, i n hi s eyes, awesome and inevitable, as he is calling on God as his right hand in this act of threat and vengeance, so it is to enforce the power of the threat.
"It's also an act of grandiosity in that he is taking on these almost supernatural powers, which indicate a massively inflated ego in the writer.
"Because God is on his side, it is a way of avoiding any acceptance of blame or responsibility on his part for anything that has happened. In other words, none of what has happened is his fault and none of what will happen if he acts out the act of vengeance will be his fault.
"It is a communication lacking in any sense of remorse or empathy for the victim of his offence or empathy for the people he is going to threaten or attack.
"Even if you were innocent you could still express empathy for the victim - although you weren't responsible, you would feel something, so there is absolutely no sense of empathy there.
"You are looking at a very narcissistic, grandiose ego with no sense of empathy and a great deal of aggression and resentment towards people he thinks as have wronged him."
At court recently to launch another appeal, Mitchell arrived sporting a pony-tailed "skullet" hairdo.
He showed off the bizarre cut in April just days after it was revealed he had DIY tattoos inked on to his body to mark off the years he had spent behind bars.
Judges are now deliberat ing over whether his 20-year minimum sentence should be reduced.
His legal team - headed by Gordon Jackson QC - argued at the Appeal Court in Edinburgh that Mitchell's original representatives mishandled his first appeal and that he shouldn't have received such a long sentence as he was just a child himself when he committed the murder.
As things stand, Mitchell could end up spending the rest of his life behind bars - a scenario he is desperate to avoid.
Last week, we revealed Mitchell was receiving grief counselling in a bid to be freed early, in the same week as the seventh anniversary of the killing.
A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service said: "We do not comment on individual prisoners."Jodi's mother Judith was unavailable for comment last night.
Admin says: Not exactly the convincing actions of an innocent man, is it? Luke Mitchell is an attention seeking, twisted and manipulative young man, who no doubt will milk the fact that he was 'tried by media', in order to get out of serving his full sentence. If he doesn't sort himself out, and stop acting the Marilyn Manson psycho freak, he's going to see all chances, however slim, of an early release, disappear before his eyes.
Another point to consider is that by acting in the bizarre ways that he does - this, the grief counselling, the '6 year anniversary of Jodi's murder tattoo' etc - could it not be said that he is playing up to the media? What has changed that it suits his purpose to do that now, but it didn't suit him when he was on trial for the brutal murder of his 14 year old girlfriend? Perhaps Luke should realise that we no longer think that he is the devil incarnate - he's just a stupid little boy who has always got to be the centre of attention. I think it's about time Luke Mitchell grew up, shut up, and served his time.