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    A Fatal Friendship (2014)

    Terry Armer, 61, arrived midnight uninvited at the flat of Stacey Mackie armed with an axe, knives and a bottle of white spirit, it was said. When she opened the door, he doused her with the accelerant and set her alight inside two minutes, a jury was told. Stacey Mackie, 35, named Armer as […]

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    Killer Schoolgirl (2014)

    Lorraine Thorpe, now 16, of Clapgate Lane in Ipswich, was found guilty in August of murdering her father Desmond Thorpe and a woman called Rosalyn Hunt. Thorpe, 15 when the murders took place in 2009, was told at the Old Bailey she would serve at least 14 years. Paul Clarke, 41, also convicted of […]

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    Murdering the Mother-in-Law (2015)

    Wealthy widow Maureen Cosgrove did not like her prospective son-in-law one bit. To her eyes, George Maben was using her 34 year-old daughter Lucy Rees to get a free ride. He was jobless, lazy and inconsiderate. He tossed his cigarette butts in her flower beds at her £700,000 home in Carshalton Beeches, Surrey. He […]

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    Slaughter at the Farm (2013)

    The White House Farm murders took place near the village of Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex, England, during the night of 6 – 7 August 1985. Nevill and June Bamber were shot and killed inside their farmhouse, along with their adoptive daughter, Sheila Caffell, and Sheila’s six-year-old twin sons. The only surviving member of the immediate […]

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    Stalked to Death (2013)

    On July 25, 2010, nurse Jane Clough was stabbed more than 70 times in the car park of Blackpool Victoria Hospital by her former partner Jonathan Vass, who was out on bail after being charged the previous year with nine counts of raping her. This programme uses dramatic reconstruction to pinpoint the trigger that […]

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    The Body in the Freezer (2014)

    Michael Tucker and his girlfriend, 28 year old Rebecca Thorpe, were the landlords of The Compasses Inn on Lynn Road in Snettisham, near King’s Lynn. On Tuesday 23 March 2010, an off duty police officer who was passing the pub was called into the premises after being told that a body had allegedly been […]

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    The Body in the Lake (2013)

    The Lady in the Lake trial was a 2005 murder case in which Gordon Park, (born 1944) a retired teacher from Leece, near Ulverston, Cumbria, was jailed for life for the murder of his first wife, Carol Ann Park, in 1976. Carol Park went missing on July 17, 1976, and was never seen alive […]

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    The Butcher Boy (2013)

    This episode explores the case of Roderick Newall, who killed his wealthy parents and then enlisted the help of his elder brother, Mark, to cover it up. What was the motive and the trigger for murder? On the beautiful island of Jersey, the wealthy Newall family represented the epitome of success. Eldest son Roderick […]

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    The Soap Star Killer (2014)

    The events that led to the death of EastEnders regular cast member Gemma McCluskie in 2012 and the arrest of her brother, Tony, after her body was found in a canal five days later. Featuring dramatic reconstructions from the perspectives of both the victim and the perpetrator, as well as interviews with Gemma’s friends, […]

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    The Wife Slayer (2013)

    A man was convicted of murdering his partner less than a fortnight after she changed her status to single on Facebook. Brian Lewis first stabbed and then strangled Hayley Jones to death at the home they shared with their four children. Lewis, 31, from New Tredegar, south Wales, then fled the scene during the […]