A new documentary series starts tonight, and it’s set to not only tell some chilling, true-life tales, but also tackle a very important issue.
The three-part series Stalked: Murder in Slow Motion will tell the stories of women who were stalked and then killed by their former partners.
The Channel 5 synopsis reads:
More than a million people in Britain are the victims of stalking every year. In this chilling documentary series, close friends and family of young women killed by their stalker ex partners, tell the stories first hand of how romance turned to obsession, jealousy and a campaign of harassment that ended in brutal murder.
Narrated by Kym Marsh and told through interviews with the victims’ closest friends, the first episode will focus on 23-year-old Molly McLaren, who was killed in a ‘frenzied attack’ at a shopping centre by a man she had dated for seven months.
Molly was killed on June 29, 2017, by Joshua Stimpson, who she met in November 2016. Stimpson was jailed for murder in February 2018.
Molly had ended their relationship two weeks before she was attacked at the shopping centre.
Stimpson had a history of stalking his ex-girlfriends. After their break-up, he started posting false allegations about Molly on social media.
Despite reporting these allegations to the police, and the police’s numerous warnings to Stimpson to stay away from Molly, Stimpson stalked Molly in the days leading up to her murder, eventually attacking the young woman in the car park of a shopping centre in Kent.
One of Molly’s closest friends, Amy Lee, told Kent Online:
We decided to take part in the documentary in the hope that we could raise better awareness of cyber stalking and to highlight the dangers associated with it.
With the rapid growth of technology there are some serious legislation changes that are needed to keep people safe and we hope that by highlighting those very dangers, that we can encourage more people to support them.
After Molly’s death, Amy, along with Molly’s parents Jo and Doug, brother Tom, and friend Theo, set up The Molly McLaren Foundation to help women in a similar situation to Molly.
Stalked: Murder in Slow Motion airs at 10pm on Channel 5, February 5.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article, you can contact Victim Support here, or call 0845 30 30 900.
Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.