Cycling through the countryside on a clear December morning in 2002, an off-duty fireman smelled burning flesh. In the distance, he could see a body smoldering in a field. The police arrived to discover the body was charred beyond recognition; all they knew is that the man had died a brutal death, his killer or killers having stabbed him repeatedly, shot him in the head, and drenched his body with petrol before setting it alight.
For the first time on British television, we're telling the story of this shocking murder through all three lead detectives who spent 3 years solving the case. We will explain how a cutting edge school of science was able to extract crucial information from the charred remains of the body. We reveal how a barely readable scrap of paper led detectives to the scene of the murder. And we hear from a woman who was the key to unlocking the case – who has never spoken on television before.
When a Devonshire fisherman hauled in his nets on July 28 1996, he made a gruesome discovery: among that day's catch was a dead body. There was nothing to identify the man's body except a Rolex watch and a small maple leaf tattoo on his hand. After finally identifying the man from the watch serial number, police discovered why he had never been reported missing: the murderer had assumed his victim's identity.
A real life Hollywood thriller unfolded as they pieced together the relationship between the real Robert Platt and his murderer, a man called Albert Walker who had a long history of financial fraud, embezzlement and deception. On the run from Canadian authorities and on Interpol's Most Wanted list for many years, the conman and killer was finally brought to justice by the determined team of Devon & Cornwall detectives.
In 1984 a parcel bomb was sent to a 53 year old grandmother living in a tranquil English village. She died of horrific injuries. No one understood why it had happened. The killer hadn't been near the crime scene, nor even met the victim. The only evidence detectives had was the bomb itself; it was the only link to the killer, but it had been blasted into thousands of pieces. Investigators faced the momentous task of piecing the tiny fragments of bomb back together in the hope that it might give them a shard of critical evidence.
In this episode, we will meet the officers who doggedly fought to bring a bomb-making madman to justice by assembling the evidence into a coherent narrative. We also get moving insight from a family member of the victim who visited the scene shortly after the explosion. And we reveal why it took 18 years to bring the suspect to court.
A 29 year old hairdresser was found brutally stabbed on her doorstep in a quiet suburban street of London. A recording of a threatening phone call seemed to suggest the motive, but every lead comes to a dead end. Her husband, Fadi Nasri made a distraught appeal for help in finding his wife's killer. Both the police and the public sympathised with the man who had lost his wife so brutally.
In an obsessive hunt for critical evidence, detectives finally found the murder weapon after an extraordinary search and refused to give up in the face of daunting odds. Investigators managed to piece together a picture of events surrounding the victim's death from circumstantial evidence, leading them to a shocking conclusion.
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