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Catching Britain's Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

The stories of murder investigations and their extraordinary consequences, which overturned laws, transformed police interrogation and revolutionised forensic detection.

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Episode 3: Interrogation

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. Last in the series.
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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.

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NarratorPriyanga Burford

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DirectorGeorgina Leslie
Executive producerColette Flight
ProducerPaula Nightingale
Series producerNancy Bornat

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  • Episode 3

    Interrogation

    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. Last in the series.
    Recommended

    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.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorPriyanga Burford

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorGeorgina Leslie
    Executive producerColette Flight
    ProducerPaula Nightingale
    Series producerNancy Bornat
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