Police arrested one aspiring actor who appeared on Crimewatch as a killer – believing he was the man they were looking for.
Steve Watson played the role for the BBC programme, which aired years ago and was repeated again this year, leading to people calling police and identifying him as the killer.
The re-enactment was for the 1994 murder of Julie Pacey, and after the 53-year-old appeared as the killer in the appeal, he was then arrested by police.
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Officers then took his DNA, and while BBC tried to warn Watson the appeal was set to air again after advances in DNA technology, he was shocked to be accused by the police.
[My face] was on the screen for too long and even then, people in the street said, ‘Oh, is that that murderer?’
To hear those words you think, ‘Please, it’s just a reconstruction, surely you understand’, but unfortunately they don’t.
Pacey was found dead in Grantham, Lincolnshire, murdered at the age of 38, and to this day, her killer has not been caught.
He has still not been officially cleared of the murder by police, and has claimed his life is in ‘limbo’.