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Season 7 / Episode 3 and airs on 22 January 2017 21:00
Dermot Murnaghan joins us as we uncover the truth behind the crimes that shocked the nation in a brand new and exclusive series of Crimes That Shook Britain.Join us as we shed new light on the chilling crimes that created shock-waves across the country and changed the UK forever. Told through the eyes of those at the heart of the crimes, the new series analyses the events that led to such atrocities before examining the devastating effects that they have left in their wake.Using drama reconstructions, witness accounts, police interviews, archive news pieces and intimate access to victims and families; every episode of this compelling series explores the dark depths of some of Britain's most infamous and disturbing cases.
Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were convicted of murdering five young boys and girls between 1963 and 1965. Until 1985 both killers maintained their innocence, but eventually confessed and led police to all but one of the bodies – Keith Bennett, who remains missing until this day.
We investigate the brutal murders through relatives and officers, and look into new information held by Bennett's brother that could finally reveal his resting place.
Estate agent, Suzy Lamplugh, disappeared in July 1986 after going to meet a client at a house in Fulham. Witnesses said they saw her arguing with a man near the address and then getting into a car. She has never been seen since. For almost thirty years police have followed many lines of enquiry – one being to identify who ‘Mr Kipper' is that she went to meet. So far they have reached a dead end. In 1994 she was officially declared dead, presumed murdered. The strongest theory to date is that convicted rapist and killer, John Cannan, killed Lamplugh. But as yet, this hasn't been proven.
Cannan is already serving a life sentence with the recommendation he never be released.
Over the years in ‘Crimes That Shook Britain', we have covered some of the most infamous crimes that the nation has witnessed. From murders to bombings, from random killing sprees to cold hearted calculated abductions, we have shone a light on some of Britain's darkest times.
In this special episode, we focus on those criminals who have been brought to justice for one crime only to be released to commit further terrible acts. We speak to legal professionals to discover if the system is at fault or have these killers exploited legal loopholes. We talk to victims and relatives of killers who preyed on their loved ones – if the perpetrators had been kept inside – would their loved ones still be alive? And we discuss with campaigners what can be done to ensure the justice system can both rehabilitate but also ensure our safety.
One of the UK's biggest sex trafficking rings was uncovered in Rochdale in 2012. In a horrific catalogue of abuse, girls as young as 13 were subjected to rape and torture by a gang of nine men. One 15-year-old girl was even ‘recruited' by the gang to lure other girls into the trap. After plying them with alcohol and money, the victims would be raped by up to twenty men at a time. The gang were sentenced to between four and nineteen years for their crimes.
With exclusive, first time access to Dennehy's mother and father, we hear from the murderer's parents and how the crimes of their daughter have shattered a family. Joanne Dennehy is the first woman in the UK to be handed a whole life tariff by a Judge. The judge ordered that she should die behind bars for the brutal murders of three innocent men. Dennehy showed no remorse for the killings. Her reason – "to see if I was as cold as I thought I was. Then it got moreish and I got a taste for it". In this episode we delve into the mind of such a cold hearted killer and look at what drove her to become one of Britain's most notorious female criminals. We also hear from the officers who handled the case and an acquaintance of Dennehy's who she bragged to.
In 1985, PC Keith Blakelock was brutally murdered during a riot on a housing estate in North London triggered after a black woman died of heart failure during a house search. Keith received more than 40 injuries during the sustained attack from a number of rioters. Nobody has been brought to justice for his murder to this date, despite three investigations and the arrests of over three hundred people.
Peter Tobin is one of the most notorious serial killers in the UK. From 1991 – 2006 he raped and murdered three young girls, Dinah McNicol, Vicky Hamilton and Angelika Kluk. Yet even prior to these horrific murders he had a history of violence, raping two 14-year-old girls and leaving them for dead. Luckily they survived.
Double murderer, John Sweeney, brutally murdered two of his girlfriends, dismembered their bodies and dumped them in canals. Handed two life sentences he was told he will die in prison. In a macabre twist, a key detective on the case tells how Sweeney allegedly hid clues to his killings in abstract paintings he produced, and how FIVE other girlfriends of his are currently missing as well.
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