An SAS: Who Dares Wins star who heard his wife being stabbed to death while on the phone has found happiness again after welcoming a baby with his new wife.
Danny Cross’s life was hit by tragedy six years ago when his wife Nicola, 37, was brutally murdered as she tried to protect their children, then six and three, from a crazed intruder who had broken into their Hemel Hempstead home.
Now he has found joy with mental health worker and new wife Alex Wells who he described as his ‘gift from heaven’ after she helped him in the aftermath of the ordeal, and the pair welcomed a baby girl in July.
The 43-year-old’s new chapter comes six years after he harrowingly heard wife Nicola stabbed to death by schizophrenic Marcin Porczynski while she desperately tried to protect the couple’s two children, who thankfully survived.
Now IT specialist Daniel has married Alex Wells, and the pair are celebrating the arrival of their daughter, who was born in July.
Danny Cross has found joy with mental health worker and new wife Alex Wells who he described as his ‘gift from heaven’ after she helped him in the aftermath of the ordeal, and the pair welcomed a baby girl in July
Dan – who shared news of their newborn on social media – revealed his new-found happiness in an inspiring new podcast with the journalist James English.
In it the father-of-three said: ‘It is six years since we lost Nicola. It’s been difficult but at the moment life is good. I’ve just had a baby.. None of this was ever the plan but that’s part of life – and you have to somehow try your best.
Revealing how he met Alex, he added: ‘I met Alex at a charity evening for one of our friends, she was running a marathon.
‘I went to the pub and met her there and said hello and we were then sort of matchmade by one of Alex’s friends later on. It turned out when I started talking to her she was in psychology.
Nicola (pictured) was attacked by schizophrenic Marcin Porczynski after he broke into the couple’s home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in September 2015
Dan married Alex Wells in 2019 and the pair welcomed a little girl this summer
‘When we first met she had just taken a new job to do child mental health. It was like a gift from heaven, I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to be involved with.
‘She wasn’t one of the professional people put in to help us, but she’s helped us probably more than she will ever realise.’
In the podcast Dan also speaks in the most candid detail yet about the harrowing moment he heard his wife being murdered at their family home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire in 2015.
He was 200 miles away working on the night she was killed and heard the horror unfolding down the phone while sitting in a hotel room in Hull.
Dan is pictured with Alex Wells during their honeymoon in the Maldives at the end of 2019
‘Celebrating a much needed honeymoon in the Maldives with @alexandracross90 peace, quiet, time to think, fun, adventure, alone time’, he captioned their honeymoon photos
The couple are pictured snorkelling during their honeymoon in Mauritius in 2019
They stayed in stunning over-water villas for their dream break
‘Instantly I screamed and leapt out of the bed because I knew someone was in there,’ Dan recalled.
‘I grabbed the hotel phone and dialled 999 but it didn’t work. So, I tried again and got through to the local police and I could hear Nicky on the phone with some screams. She was pushing, struggling, that kind of stuff.
‘I could hear what was going on which was horrendous. There were so many thoughts going on in my mind at the time. I think deep down, I knew something awful would have happened just because of the nature of the screams on the phone. I assumed Nicky was dead and thought the kids were next and I just lost control.
‘I remember screaming down the phone to this poor 999 operator that she was going to be responsible if anything happened to my kids because she didn’t act quick enough.
‘It wasn’t her fault but as soon as I put the phone down to her, I kept the line open to Nick, just talking to her. I said ‘stay with me’ and ‘I know you can hear me’ just please don’t go don’t leave me. I couldn’t get up off the floor.
‘My legs had gone completely numb. I was just dragging myself up to the bed trying to make my legs work and I remember just hitting my legs with fists trying to get some feeling into them so I could get up and go downstairs to reception and start seeing what was going on.
Brave Dan is seen in an episode of SAS Who Dares Wins in Morocco
Dan’s wife is seen wearing a t-shirt promoting the company he co-founded StrongMen.org.uk to support men’s mental health
He is now engaged to Alex Wells (pictured together), a mental health clinician who he has been dating for the past 15 months
‘Eventually I just sat down in the hotel reception shaking. I couldn’t control my arms. I was still talking to Nicola on the phone then all of a sudden, I heard children crying on the phone so I knew my children were alive at least. But I could hear them saying mummy wake up. I heard the paramedics arrive with the police and that’s when I cut the line off, I didn’t want to listen anymore.’
Nicola was stabbed 10 times in their family home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, while Dan listened on the phone 200 miles away in Hull.
Porczynski (pictured) was detained in a secure psychiatric unit for an indefinite period after pleading guilty to Nikki’s manslaughter at St Albans Crown Court on the grounds of diminished responsibility
Following Nicola’s killing, Porczynski pleaded guilty to Nicola’s killing on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was detained in a secure psychiatric unit for an indefinite period.
Dan got engaged to Alex three years ago and first spoke of their relationship when he appeared on This Morning in January 2018.
He said that she had helped his children recover memories of their mother by using memory boxes, a technique she had learnt through her work.
He recently said: ‘This is a guy who is seriously damaged goods, he’s got a lot of baggage with him and Alex just takes it all in her stride. She’s great with the kids. She’s a mental health clinician and knows exactly how to deal with them. They love her to bits.’
After Nicola’s death Dan joined the Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins, where contestants put themselves through the elite selection process used to choose SAS soldiers.
During his time on the show, he reduced judges Jason Fox and Ant Middleton, who are both ex-special forces soldiers, to tears when he spoke of his experiences.
Dan has since gone to become a dedicated campaigner o help others impacted by crime. Last year he set up a charity, StrongMen, for bereaved men.
It organises weekend retreats for bereaved men to do outdoor activities as well as the opportunity to talk to others who are suffering with grief.
Dan co-founded StrongMen.org.uk to support men’s mental health and is seen on a weekend with the recruits
Mr Cross first revealed his relationship with Miss Wells in January while speaking on the This Morning show. He said the mental health clinician was ‘great with the kids’