The Babes in the Wood Murders: The Prosecutors

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The Babes in the Wood Murders: The Prosecutors

Series 2

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Review

In 2018, 32 years after nine-year-old best friends Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were sexually assaulted and murdered, their families finally found the justice they sought. Russell Bishop was tried for a second time for the killings – he was acquitted in 1987 but found guilty in December thanks to enormous leaps in scientific investigation.

Cameras followed police, solicitors for the Crown Prosecution Service and those closest to the girls for two years after Bishop, who was serving a lengthy jail term for attacking a seven-year-old girl in 1990, was arrested and re-interviewed after the case was reopened. He maintained throughout that he had nothing to do with the murders. But a speck of his DNA on Karen’s left forearm tied him to the killings.

It’s a fascinating story, though one that never forgets Nicola and Karen, and the testimony from their surviving parents is heartbreaking.

Summary

In October 1986, nine-year-old friends Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows were found dead in Wild Park on the outskirts of Brighton, having been strangled and sexually assaulted. This documentary follows police and scientists using cutting-edge methods as they attempt to uncover enough new evidence for the CPS to pursue a fresh prosecution against Russell Bishop - who was acquitted of the murders in 1987 - and charts the journeys of the families of Karen and Nicola as they try to find justice for the girls. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Nicola Walker
Director Blue Ryan
Director Sara Hardy
Editor Gwyn Jones
Executive Producer Sacha Baveystock
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