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3. Middlesbrough: The Murder of Jessica Patel

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At 8:20pm on the evening of May 14th, 2018, thirty-seven-year-old pharmacist Mitesh Patel phoned the Cleveland police in Middlesbrough, panicked and breathless. After returning from collecting a pizza and visiting his pharmacy, he had found his house burgled and his wife Jessica non-responsive on the living room floor, her wrists and ankles bound with duct tape. His voice was shrill as he told the dispatcher that he had put her in the recovery position, but she was cold. Within two minutes, the ambulance are heard in the background, arriving at the scene as Mitesh begins sobbing into the phone. Within a few minutes, Jessica Patel would be pronounced dead.

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