Harrowing true-crime documentary about killer Ian Huntley will air on TV tonight
On August 4, 2002, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman left Holly's home in Redhouse Gardens, Soham, heading out to buy some sweets. They never returned home, and before the end of the month, their bodies were found and the case was dubbed 'The Soham Murders'.
A few weeks later, school caretaker Ian Huntley was arrested and charged with the crime of killing the two ten-year-old girls. He was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment, while his girlfriend, Maxine Carr (the girls' teaching assistant), received a three-and-a-half year prison sentence for perverting the course of justice after it was found she had provided him with a false alibi.
A clip from the Ian Huntley documentary Soham: 10 Years On
Now, there is a new documentary set to look back on the crimes, with Channel 5's 'Ian Huntley: 5 Mistakes That Caught A Killer' airing later tonight.
This new documentary details the investigation that eventually found Huntley guilty of the horrible crimes, featuring interviews with those directly involved in the case. Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Stevenson, who was heavily involved in the investigation, gives his first interview since the 2003 trial.
The documentary also sets out to look at the five major mistakes Huntley made that eventually led to his arrest. A spokesperson for the program 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 switched off one of the girl's mobile phones, triggering a signal to a telecoms mast.
"And, he used his own car to transport their bodies to a remote field, later returning to the scene to remove the distinctive Manchester United shirts both girls were wearing -only to hide them in a place where they could be found by police."
Ian Huntley: 5 Mistakes That Caught A Killer airs tonight on Channel 5 at 10pm.