Murdertown

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Monday 16th September
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Murdertown S2: episodes

1. Portsmouth

This episode features serial killer Allan Grimson and his numerous convictions. Grimson worked as a petty officer in the Royal Navy and when stationed, lived in Portsmouth. Police first became aware of him in 1998 in connection with a missing sailor Nicholas Wright. A year later when re questioned Grimson confessed to luring Nicholas back to his flat where he battered him with a baseball bat, finally slitting his throat and dumping his body near a country lane. While questioned Grimson admitted to killing another young man a year to the day after Wright was killed and was convicted of murdering the two. With both murders occurring on December 12th police realised this date was significant to Grimson and when looking in the archives,  found other stories of sailors having gone missing on this date. The most notable, was Simon Parkes in 1986 – who disappeared while onshore in Gibraltar, with a fellow sailor confirming Parkes had been drinking with Grimson on the day.  Simon’s body has never been found, and without it Grimson hasn’t been charged. Grimson previously confessed to murdering Parkes, but later retracted his statement. Monday 16th September, 9pm.

2. Wrexham

This episode tells the story of the murder of retiree Nicholas Churton by Jordan Davidson. Previously convicted for knife crimes Jordan Davidson was being housed in Wrexham following his release from jail. While released Davidson burgled Nicholas Churton at knife point, threatening him but leaving him unharmed. Churton alerted the police, but just days later his body was discovered in his home – he had been stabbed with a machete and beaten to death with a hammer. 
 
The police learned that Davidson might be planning more crimes, and even intending to attack the police. But after a dramatic and violent confrontation, Davidson was arrested. He would later be convicted of murder, as well as two burglaries, a robbery, an attempted robbery, attempted grievous bodily harm and actual bodily harm on police officers. These crimes were committed in the days around the murder and were attacks on older men. Monday 23rd September, 9pm.

3. Middlesbrough

This is the story of a man who tried to commit the perfect murder, in the town of Middlesbrough. Reginald Wilson posed as a courier driver, and after selecting his victim, posted a ‘notice of delivery’ through his target’s letterbox.
 
His victim was Dr David Birkett, who unsuspectingly called the courier service to rearrange the delivery. Wilson then answered the phone and retuned to Birkett’s address where he entered the house before killing him with a hammer concealed in a plastic bag.
 
Wilson fled the scene, but a fingerprint left on the bag led to an investigation after which Wilson was traced, arrested, and jailed. He was labelled by the criminal psychiatrist as one of the most dangerous men ever to be assessed. Monday 30th September.

Reginald Wilson

4. Ipswich

This episode tells the story of the murder of Rosalyn Hunt and Desmond Thorpe by Britain’s youngest female double-killer Lorraine Thorpe, who at the age of 15 became involved with the street-drinking community, befriending fellow drinkers Paul Clarke and John Grimwood. Thorpe’s first crime in Ipswich was the murder of Rosalyn Hunt, who was beaten and tortured. Thorpe’s father Desmond Thorpe was later attacked and killed, with police charging Thorpe, Clarke and Grimwood for the crime. Evidence from all three was found at the scene, but police were uncertain as to who was responsible for the fatal blow.
 
Thorpe and Clarke were convicted, and given life sentences but Grimwood was cleared of murder, and released. Less than a year later and back on the streets, Grimwood went on a spree, stabbing another street drinker called Carrie Talbot and attacking his girlfriend, Allison Studd. Studd later died in hospital, while Talbot survived the attack. Grimwood was arrested and pleaded guilty at trial. Paul Clarke has since taken his own life, while behind bars. Thorpe is due to be released in 2025, she will be 31. Monday 7th October

5. Darlington

This episode tells the story of the murder of single mother Julie Paterson by 24-year-old David Harker. Harker claimed to have strangled Julie during sex with a pair of tights. He then went on to partake in acts of necrophilia and cannibalism, finally dismembering her body. Harker became a suspect when police searched his flat after he had boasted to numerous people about his crimes. Paterson’s remains were discovered by a police dog handler on a wasteland close to Darlington football ground.
 
In a remarkable twist, as a result of Harker’s crimes, Paterson’s on-off partner Alan Taylor plotted to take revenge. Whilst intoxicated Taylor strangled his friend John Morrison in the hope he’d be jailed in the same prison as Harker. Taylor was convicted of murder, but was jailed in a different location to Harker. A year into his sentence Taylor committed suicide. Monday 14th October.

6. Bristol

This episode tells the story of the murder of 18 year old Louise Smith by David Frost.

7. Greenock

This episode tells the story of the murder of 16 year old Elaine Doyle by John Docherty.

Grimsby

This episode tells the story of the murder of Adam Vincent by gang members – Lee Griffiths, Thomas Griffiths, Luke Griffiths and Mark Jackson. 

Nuneaton

This episode tell the story of the murder and mutilation of Naomi Smith by Edwin Hopkins.

Croydon

This episode tells the story of the manslaughter of Cassandra McDermott and attempted murder of Kara Hoyte by footballer Mario Celaire.