When Melanie Road's body was found on a June morning in 1984, it prompted one of the largest manhunts in Britain. But the schoolgirl's killer wasn't found. How did a team of cold case officers rebuild the inquiry after decades and bring justice to a family still in grief?
Episode 1: All Hell Let Loose
How do you find a killer from the past? June 9th 1984. 17 year-old schoolgirl Melanie Road is murdered while walking home after a night out in the tourist city of Bath. In ITV News’ True Crime podcast, correspondent Robert Murphy learns how a murderer appeared in the night, killed this popular, bright student and disappeared. Leaving clues which detectives would pore over for decades.
Episode 2: Green Blood on Camden Crescent
A nationwide manhunt begins for the killer of schoolgirl Melanie Road. In the hours after the murder, a blood trail is discovered by detectives. Cold Case investigator Julie Mackay takes ITV News correspondent Robert Murphy back to the scene to describe how this gave police in 1984 their first clues. Inquiries start to stretch from this small city all over the world.
Episode 3: Another Melanie
Has the killer of Melanie Road struck again? Police look at similarities between the stabbing of schoolgirl Melanie Road in June 1984 and the disappearance of a young mother two days afterwards. And years into the future, police ask chilling questions when another woman called Melanie disappears. She vanishes from the same city on the same date as Melanie Road was killed.
Episode 4: One More Knock
Julie Mackay takes control of the cold case inquiry into the death of Melanie Road. She hears about a man’s deathbed confession. But how can detectives prove he really is the murderer of Melanie Road? And 26 years after the killing, a witness comes forward offering explosive new evidence.
Episode 5: The Ipswich Screamer
Scientists tell Julie Mackay and her cold case team they have an incredible DNA lead in the hunt for the killer of Melanie Road. But will it take the team on the right track? Julie builds a deep friendship with the mother of the murder victim. A forensic review reveals a fingerprint on Melanie Road’s shoe. But as this lead emerges, the Government is destroying old fingerprint records which may help solve this case.
Episode 6: Lost Papers
Melanie Road’s mother writes a letter to the people of Bath asking them to search their memories and consciences as the 30th anniversary of the killing approaches. Cold case investigator Julie Mackay is told to drop the inquiry. And the team continues to search in the UK and abroad for the schoolgirl’s murderer.
Tragedy and triumph.
A very sad case, beautifully narrated. This tells of the refusal of one small police force’s refusal to give up on the 30 year-old brutal murder of a young, innocent girl. A fascinating insight into the insane amount of work and dedication involved.
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The story here is interesting but it could have been confined to a couple of episodes. There is a lot of padding and huge amounts of repetition. Also the central character, a female detective whose voice features a lot, is a tough listen after a while.
Formidable in the telling.
Historical overview that covers over 30 years to catch a killer. Very well done.