Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us looks into three different murder inquiries which changed the way we launch and carry out investigations in the modern world.
The first episode looks into Colin Pitchfork, who was convicted for the separate murders of 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth and Lynda Mann in Leicestershire in the 1980s. His investigation led to the creation of Britain’s first DNA database and the episode shows the development of DNA fingerprinting.
Every crime and who-done-it fan knows that that’s one of the first things you look for at a crime scene.
As well as exploring the database, it will show the development of DNA fingerprinting as an investigative tool that would eventually lead to convictions for crimes that had until then been impossible to solve.
Of the other two episodes, BBC shared: “It meets the mother whose fight for justice after the murder of her daughter led her to take on the legal establishment and challenge and 800-year-old law.”
“It reveals how a shocking miscarriage of justice in the 1970s exposed the dark secrets of police interrogation, leading to a radical overhaul of police powers and a brand new method of investigation.”
The show will include interviews with police officers, local journalists, forensic scientists, and even friends and relatives of the victims to give us an in-depth look into the crimes themselves and how revolutionary and important they’ve been in catching even more killers (and giving us so many more true crime shows).
Docuseries and true crime dramas such as these are often helpful in solving more murders, simply by airing them.
ITV’s A Confession has opened four more cases into murders which could be linked to Christopher Halliwell and it’s only been on for 3 weeks. It looks into the murders of Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden but he’s believed to have committed many more.
Furthermore, Netflix’s new series Unbelievable is another one to watch.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning report An Unbelievable Story of Rape, the show revolves around 18-year-old Marie (played by Kaitlyn Dever of Booksmart fame), a teenager who was charged with lying about being raped and the two female detectives assigned to the case, one played by Oscar winner Toni Collette and Emmy winner Merritt Wever in what looks to be something of a real-life True Detective.
The show will be an interesting turn from the murder-dominated crime genre, taking on the more topical and equally heinous crime of sexual assault, using the medium of a real-life cases as a window into the processes of the investigation and the aftermath of the crime, with a particular focus on how victims can often be disbelieved and demonised by the police and press.
All eight episodes of Unbelievable are currently streaming on Netflix while Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us is set to air on BBC Two on Monday, 7th October.
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