Catching a Killer: The Wind in the Willows Murder

Catching a Killer: The Wind in the Willows Murder



A Thames Valley Police detective tells the camera, “It’s like an episode of Morse: an antique dealer in Oxford found murdered. Everything about it is just like fiction.”

But as the officer is very quick to acknowledge, the murder of 42-year-old Adrian Greenwood in April 2016 was all too real for the victim and his family. When details of the sustained, savage attack, which also showed signs of torture, are revealed to the murder squad after a postmortem that lasted more than seven hours, the room is shocked into silence.

In a riveting, painstaking film, we follow investigators as they comb Adrian Greenwood’s belongings. He was well known for his valuable art and book collections, including a £50,000 first edition of The Wind in the Willows, which is missing from his home.

Progress in the case is swift after the major crime team makes a significant finding on CCTV.


In April last year, 42-year-old antiquarian book dealer Adrian Greenwood was found dead in his home, having been stabbed more than 30 times in a frenzied and brutal attack - with no suspects, no witnesses and no sign of forced entry. This documentary follows the work of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit as Det Supt Kevin Brown and his team embark on their investigation into who killed Greenwood, as well as find out what happened to the victim's early edition of The Wind in the Willows, worth £50,000.

Cast & Crew

Director Jezza Neumann
Executive Producer Brian Woods