Catching Britain's Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us

Interrogation

Series 1 - Episode 3 Interrogation

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Review

After the body of Maxwell Confait was found in his south London bedsit in April 1972, three boys were quickly arrested and questioned. Confait had been strangled, and the trio – Colin Lattimore (18) who had learning difficulties, Ronnie Leighton, 15, and Ahmet Salih, 14 – “confessed” their supposed involvement to police.

But what happened next broke apart the British legal system by focusing on oppressive police questioning. In the final episode of a too-short and fascinating series, Catching Britain’s Killers looks at how the three young men were later cleared of any involvement in the crime and how their treatment at the hands of police eventually gave birth to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984.

Summary

The crime documentary reveals how a 1970s miscarriage of justice, involving three teenage boys, led to a new method of police interrogation and investigation. When the body of Maxwell Confait was found in south London, three local boys confessed to arson and murder and were consequently convicted, despite retracting their statements and protesting their innocence. However, each of their convictions were eventually overturned, which shone a light on dangerous police practices that pressured the boys to confess to a crime they did not commit.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Priyanga Burford
Director Georgina Leslie
Executive Producer Colette Flight
Producer Paula Nightingale
Series Producer Nancy Bornat
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