Chilling True Crime Documentary On Ian Huntley Airs Tonight

Chilling True Crime Documentary On Ian Huntley Airs TonightChannel 5

A new documentary about Ian Huntley will shed light on the mistakes which stopped him getting away with murder. 

5 Mistakes That Caught A Killer is set to air on Channel 5 tonight, and will tell the chilling story of Huntley, who murdered two schoolgirls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, in 2002.

The 10-year-old girls left home to go and buy some sweets, and never returned, sparking one of the biggest manhunts Britain has ever seen.

Take a look at a clip from the documentary here:

After the highly publicised search, Huntley, who had worked as a caretaker at the girls’ school, was arrested for their murder. He was convicted alongside girlfriend Maxine Carr, who was found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

In 2003, Huntley was convicted in a murder trial and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

During the investigation, Huntley got caught in his own web of lies after making five key mistakes, which a spokesperson for the documentary has shed light on.

The first mistake involved him speaking to the media. As a result, people in Huntley’s old home town of Grimsby recognised him as a man who had been linked to previous sex attacks on women, the Mirror report.

The spokesperson explained:

Their first error was talking to the media. When Huntley’s TV interviews were shown in his home town of Grimsby, people came forward to reveal his murky past.

Huntley also drew attention to himself by turning off one of the girl’s mobile phones, which triggered a signal to a telecoms mast, showing the device was in the vicinity of the former caretaker’s home.

Ian HuntleyPA

Another mistake came from Carr, who when first interviewed by police, insisted she had been with Huntley all day when the girls disappeared. However, mobile phone records proved she was in fact 100 miles away that day.

As well as those telling findings, alarm bells rang for Special Constable Sharon Gilbert when Huntley asked her how long DNA lasted for.

She explained:

I just thought it was strange, very strange.

It is just not what a normal member of the public says to someone who is sat in uniform in front of them.

Police believe that within hours of his conversation with Gilbert, Huntley returned to the woodland where he had left the bodies to cut off the girls’ distinctive Manchester United shirts and attempted to burn them to destroy any DNA evidence.

Finally, Huntley got new tyres on his car after the murder; the same vehicle he had used to drive the girls to the woodland where he left their bodies.

After being charged with murder, Huntley initially denied everything. But he went on to change his story, and told the court the girls had died accidentally.

Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman Channel 5

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but the jury found him guilty of murder.

If it weren’t for his own mistakes, former Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Stevenson, who put Huntley behind bars,  believes the guilty man could have been convicted of manslaughter rather than murder, and could be walking free today.

Those who appear in the documentary were all involved in the original inquiry, including Stevenson, whose interview is his first since the trial.

Ian Huntley: 5 Mistakes That Caught a Killer will air on Channel 5 tonight at 10pm.

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