DONAL MACINTYRE: MURDER FILES

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Upcoming episodes

Nov 27th
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VITALIJA BALIUTAVICIENNE

Renowned crime journalist Donal MacIntyre meets Detective Superintendent Martin Brunning to discover how he solved the seemingly perfect 2011 murder of young mother Vitalija Balliutaviciene by her jilted ex-husband. Vitalija came to the UK from Lithuania after splitting up with her violent husband in 2010. The next year, her ex sneaked into the UK under a new name, abducted her, and strangled her to death before driving all the way to Poland to bury her lifeless body. It was only Martin BrunningÕs found detailed records showing her exÕs travelling history, hidden deep inside his sat nav that led to the discovery of her body and sufficient evidence to convict Rimas Venclovas of VitalijaÕs murder. He was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years.
Nov 28th
400a

MELISSA HALSTEAD / PAULA FIELDS

Renowned crime journalist Donal MacIntyre meets former Detective Chief Inspector Howard Groves to discover how he put demonic sadist John Sweeney behind bars for the vicious murders of Melissa Halstead and Paula Fields. Groves tells MacIntyre how Sweeney might never have been brought to justice were it not for advances in DNA analysis that enabled MelissaÕs body to be identified in 2008. She had been killed in 1990 and her grotesquely dismembered body dumped in a Rotterdam canal. The case had gone cold, but Groves found a link between Melissa HalsteadÕs untimely death, the murder of Londoner Paula Fields, and the attempted murder of Delia Balmer. The three women had all had a relationship with the same man: John Sweeney. Groves eventually pinned the murders on him after finding confessional, satanic art works, and Sweeney was sentenced to life in jail without the possibility of parole.
Nov 29th
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JESHMA RAITHATHA

Renowned crime journalist Donal MacIntyre meets Former Detective Chief Inspector Sue Hill, to discover how she solved the tragic case of London teenager Jeshma RaithathaÕs rape and murder at the hands of Latvian rapist, Viktor Dembovskis. What starts as a missing person enquiry becomes a major category ÔAÕ murder investigation as soon as the conscientious studentÕs body is found. In the absence of any immediate suspects, Hill uses old school policing techniques and finds a likely culprit who is eventually linked to Jeshma using high end forensics. But heÕs fled to Latvia. After a lengthy search, the suspect, convicted rapist Viktor Dembovskis, is tracked down, brought back to the UK, and tried for the abhorrent, heinous crimes of raping, sexually assaulting, and murdering Jeshma Raithatha. He is found guilty and given three life sentences.
Nov 29th
500a

STEPHEN LAWRENCE

Renowned crime journalist Donal MacIntyre meets former Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll to discover how his cold case re-investigation of the infamous Stephen Lawrence murder eventually led to the conviction of Gary Dobson and David Norris. The case had remained unsolved for over a decade when Driscoll took it on in 2006. Well known suspects had previously been acquitted, and it was only after the double jeopardy rule was scrapped that the possibility of a new trial arose. Driscoll seized the chance and ordered a complete re-examination of all the evidence. He needed new and compelling evidence to get the case to trial. After winning a battle to engage a private company to re-examine every forensic exhibit that had been seized, DriscollÕs breakthrough finally came in the form of microscopic blood and fibres that linked the suspectsÕ clothing to Stephen LawrenceÕs. The discovery was pivotal at the trial in which Gary Dobson and David Norris were both found guilty.
Nov 30th
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JULIE DART

Renowned crime journalist Donal MacIntyre meets former Detective Inspector Bob Taylor to discover how he tracked down Micheal Sams, a savage woman hater who abducted 26 year old Stephanie Slater and brutally murdered 18 year Julie Dart in the 1990s. It was only after JulieÕs boyfriend received a chilling ransom letter, that it became clear she had been kidnapped. But before the ransom could be paid, her dead body was found in a field in Lincolnshire. What followed was a high stakes cat and mouse game with her killer taunting the police with threats that he would kill again and even derail a train. TaylorÕs worst fear materialised when another woman vanished Ð estate agent Stephanie Slater Ð and another ransom demand was issued. This time the abductor made a mistake. He had telephoned in instructions for the money drop and Taylor had the call recorded. When that was broadcast on Crimewatch, Michael SamsÕ first wife recognised him. He was subsequently arrested and sent down for life.
Nov 30th
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NIGEL BACON

Renowned crime journalist Donal MacIntyre meets Detective Chief Superintendent Kate Meynell to discover how she solved the brutal cold blooded 2008 murder of 50 year old Nigel Bacon, a part time game keeper from Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. During a painstaking investigation, Kate uncovered an elaborate conspiracy concocted by the victimÕs debt ridden wife Susan Bacon. She recruited her son Michael and hit man Peter Jacques and arranged for her husband to be stabbed on their homeÕs driveway. What neither she, nor her co-conspirators realised was that they had left a trial of incriminating evidence, which Kate and her fifty strong team eventually uncovered. In court, Peter Jacques was found guilty of the stabbing and given a 28 year sentence, later reduced to 26. For their parts in the murder Susan Bacon was sent to jail for a minimum of 24 years, and Michael for a minimum of 21 years.
Dec 1st
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SHAUN CUMMINS

Renowned crime journalist Donal MacIntyre meets former Detective Inspector Simon Shuttleworth to discover how he solved the horrifying murder of ex-boxer Shaun Cummins by his carer, Thomas Dunkley. Cummins had been wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident and was found dead in his home in September 2012. His body had been grotesquely dismembered with a chainsaw - to the extent that determining the cause of death was impossible. This, Donal MacIntyre discovers, gives Shuttleworth a huge problem. Thomas Dunkley is the prime suspect. He had been stealing Cummin's money and admits to dismembering the body, but denies murder. It takes an extraordinary act of detective genius to uncover incriminating evidence that finally leads to Dunkley's conviction.
Dec 2nd
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LUKASZ SLABOSZEWSKI

Renowned crime journalist Donal MacIntyre meets Detective Superintendent Martin Brunning to discover how he solved the horrific, unprovoked murders of three innocent men by 31 year old Joanne Dennehy Ð the so called Peterborough ÔDitch Murders.Õ In one of the most disturbing cases of his distinguished career, Brunning reveals how the bizarre discovery of a lifeless manÕs body dressed in a sequinned frock, lying face down in a ditch, triggered a major, national manhunt. It was Easter 2013. The victim was landlord Kevin Lee. What the police didnÕt realise at the time was that LeeÕs murder was the last in a vicious killing spree and that Polish National Lukasz Slaboszewski, plus former soldier John Chapman were already dead too, callously dumped in another ditch. Joanne Denney, along with her seven foot friend Gary Stretch, were eventually caught in Herefordshire after their car was tracked using automatic number plate recognition systems. In court, Dennehy was given the harshest sentence available: life in prison with no possibility of parole.
Dec 3rd
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SURJIT ATHWAL

Renowned crime journalist Donal MacIntyre meets former Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll to discover how he solved the murder of young mother Surjit Athwal Ð a sickening, premeditated crime that her husband Sukhdave and mother-in-law Bachan Kaur Athwal were ultimately convicted for. Surjit was born in Coventry, and had an arranged marriage aged 16. But 11 years later, in December 1998, she vanished after being lured to India on a family trip. Her body was never recovered, making it one of the hardest cases for a detective to crack. When Clive Driscoll took over what had become a forgotten cold case, his dogged tenacity eventually won the trust of SurjitÕs sister-in-law and confidant, Sarbjit, who revealed that Bachan Kaur Athwal had not only confessed to planning the murder, but also threatened to submit Sarbjit to a similar fate. It wasnÕt until 2007 that the landmark case went before the Old Bailey. Bachan Kaur and Sukhdave Althwal were found guilty and sentenced to life.
Dec 4th
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TAUFIQ FAMILY

Renowned crime journalist Donal MacIntyre meets Detective Chief Superintendent Kate Meynell to discover how she solved the appalling murder of virtually the whole of LeicesterÕs Taufiq family, who lost their lives in a tragic arson attack. Shehnila Taufiq, and her children Zainab, Bilal, and Jamal, all died after retribution for the fatal stabbing of fitness instructor Antoin Akpom went horribly wrong. Meynell reveals that a group of youths were so incensed at murder of their friend that they took the law into their own hands and set fire to the killerÕs house Ð but they picked the wrong house. ShehnillaÕs husband Dr Mohammad Taufiq survived because he was away at the time, and Meynell was only able to present him with some kind of justice after she and her team found CCTV footage that led to the identification of the careless arsonists. In court, Tristan Richards and Kemo Porter were given minimum terms of 35 years and 25 years.