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A New Documentary About Infamous ‘Babes In The Wood’ Killer Is Coming

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A New Documentary About Infamous ‘Babes In The Wood’ Killer Is Coming

A new documentary analysing 'Babes In The Wood' killer Russell Bishop and the signs of his guilt 30 years before his conviction is set to air on QuestRed.

The horrifying case will be revisited on the series Faking It: Tears of a Crime, which analyses the most shocking crimes to have taken place on our shores with the help of a team of body language, linguistics and psychology experts.

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The murders of nine-year-old friends Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, who went out to play on 9th October 1986 and didn't come home, is one of the stories to be revisited on the latest series.

The community banded together to look for the two girls only to find them lying dead in undergrowth in Wild Park, on the outskirts of Brighton.

The pals had been strangled and sexually assaulted. It was a crime that shocked the nation.

Following their brutal murders, police arrested a then 20-year-old Russell Bishop, who the girls knew, and in 1987 he was put on trial.

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Karen Hadaway (L) and Nicola Fellows (R) were found murdered in 1986 (Credit: PA)
Karen Hadaway (L) and Nicola Fellows (R) were found murdered in 1986 (Credit: PA)

However, the jury took less than two hours to acquit him of the murders - and under the laws at the time, the roofer couldn't be retried even if new evidence emerged.

Following the heart-breaking verdict, the parents of Karen and Nicola began a three-decade long fight for justice for their lost children.

Things started to take a turn for the better when in 2005, the double jeopardy law was abolished, rekindling the hopes of the families.

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Then after 30 years of unanswered questions, and with the discovery of new DNA evidence directly linking him to the crime, Russell was once again put under questioning in 2016.

Russell Bishop pictured in 1987 (Credit: PA)
Russell Bishop pictured in 1987 (Credit: PA)

He was subsequently found guilty of murdering both girls after an eight-week trial and was given two life sentences with a minimum term of 36 years.

The judge at the time described Bishop as a "predatory paedophile" who subjected both his young victims to "unimaginable terror in their final moments".

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Now, in the brand-new series of Faking It, a team of body language, linguistics and psychology experts reveal how a TV interview with the killer back in the 1980s contained clues that he was lying about his innocence.

Body language expert Dr Cliff Langley points out inconsistencies in Bishop's police interview (Credit: discovery+)
Body language expert Dr Cliff Langley points out inconsistencies in Bishop's police interview (Credit: discovery+)

The show's body language expert Dr Cliff Langley also uncovers a shocking moment while examining his police interview tapes from 2016, in which his behaviour reaffirms his guilt while under questioning.

If you're into true crime, and the science behind a crime then we think this is one for you.

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The brand-new series of Faking It airs at 10pm on Saturdays on Quest Red, or stream now on discovery+.

Featured Image Credit: discovery+

Topics: True Crime, TV & Film

Lisa McLoughlin
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