The Chillenden Murders

The Chillenden Murders

Series 1 - Episode 1



But it was the scene of murderous depravity on 9 July 1996 when Lin Russell and her daughters Megan (six) and Josie (nine) were tied up and beaten by a man with a hammer. Megan and her mother died, while Josie survived. She’s since established a successful adult life as an artist after being brought up by her father, Shaun.

A year later a local man, heroin addict and petty criminal Michael Stone, was tried and jailed for life after being convicted of the killings and of Josie’s attempted murder.

This documentary series brings together experts with backgrounds in forensic science, policing, law and criminology to re-examine the controversial case against Stone, who maintains his innocence.


Part one of two. The killings of Lin Russell and her daughter Megan, along with the attempted murder of nine-year-old Josie, in 1996, shocked the nation. One year later, Michael Stone, a local heroin addict and petty criminal was arrested, charged, and sentenced to life imprisonment. A team of independent experts examines details of the crime, and evidence found at the scene, then turn their attention to the case against Stone at court.

Cast & Crew

Director Matt Rudge
Executive Producer Colin Barr
Executive Producer Ruth Kelly
Producer Lila Allen