Killer Britain with Dermot Murnaghan Episode Ten: Michael Sams

Michael Sams

Hosted and curated by one of the UK’s best-known journalists, Killer Britain with Dermot Murnaghan explores British murder stories filled with detective intrigue and chilling storylines.

In this extended 11 episode run, Murnaghan will guide viewers through some of the most deeply shocking crimes of recent times. These include the murder and dismemberment in May 2019 of Julia Rawson at the hands of horror film fanatic Nathan Maynard-Ellis and his boyfriend David Leesley; the multiple murders and rapes by the so-called ‘Grindr Killer’, Stephen Port; the brutal and senseless slaying of much loved Bradford born mother of five Vera Hudson by her neighbour Mark Jewitt; the abduction and murder in February 2019 of Libby Squire by Pawel Relowicz; the case of nurse Ben Geen, who murdered two of his patients; and the brutal murder of Shafilea Ahmed by her parents Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed.

In the penultimate episode of the series, Dermot remembers the chilling story of one of the oldest and longest-serving life sentence prisoners in England and Wales, Michael Sams. A man obsessed with money, he stopped at nothing to make more including abductions and ransoms.

In July 1991, Sams kidnapped Julie Dart and took her to his workshop in Newark where he kept her in a makeshift coffin. Julie managed to escape the box, but Sams caught her, killing her with a hammer before dumping her body in a nearby field.

A year later, Sams kidnapped another victim, Stephanie Slater, where he raped and held her for ransom. It wasn’t until 1993 when the first of his three wives heard a recording of his voice on Crimewatch that he was convicted and sentenced to four life terms.

The episode airs on Monday, 18th April at 9pm and will be available to stream on C+I Play on 19th April. Episodes will be available on Crime+Investigation Play on 20th April. New episodes are added weekly, with Seasons 1, 2, and 3 also available now.