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Catching a Killer: The Search for Natalie Hemming (2017)
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Catching a Killer: The Search for Natalie Hemming (2017)

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Police begin to realise that perhaps Natalie Hemming hasn’t just gone missing when they interview her six-year-old son, who reveals in passing that the big red rug has been taken “to Daddy’s work so it can have a wash”. The boy’s face is pixellated, but you still see his small legs swinging on the chair, his hands politely folded in his lap, as he tells detectives how he heard glass smashing and a really loud noise, like thunder, and saw his mum on the floor. The detective, who is trained in interviewing children, talks in a happy, bubbly voice, asking him (as if this is the most fun subject in the world) “to tell me about the last time you saw Mummy”. I’ve never watched a child describe hearing his father murder his mother before (unsurprisingly), and it’s as upsetting as you would expect. At the end we see him curled in a ball in the chair.

In the last minute of Catching a Killer: The Search for Natalie Hemming (Channel 4), her brother says he hopes that her death will raise awareness of domestic violence, and show “what can happen when people remain with violent and controlling partners. If just one person leaves such a relationship, then Natalie’s death will not have been in vain.” It might have been better if this line had been put right at the beginning of the hour-and-a-half long documentary, making it absolutely clear that the family positively want you to watch what happened in the days following Natalie’s murder.


IMDB (8.6)