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Chilling True-Crime Series 'Buried In The Backyard' Starts On Tuesday

Chilling True-Crime Series 'Buried In The Backyard' Starts On Tuesday

There's a new true crime series arriving on Crime+Investigation this week and it looks seriously gripping.

The harrowing eight-part series, Buried In The Backyard takes a look at a series of tragic murder cases in which the victim was buried just a short distance from the home.

The first episode focuses on the case 19-year-old Erica Miller (Credit: Crime + Investigation)
The first episode focuses on the case 19-year-old Erica Miller (Credit: Crime + Investigation)

The first episode, which airs on Tuesday 12th May at 9pm, focuses on the case of 19-year-old Erica Miller who went missing in York, Pennsylvania in 1995.

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Erica lived with her mum Brenda and her mum's boyfriend Vince. Before her tragic death, it was believed she had a secret job guarding someone at a safe house.

It was around two months after Erica's disappearance that a local couple, named Cheryl Smith and Thomas March, discovered a body on their property after seeing a missing persons poster for the 19-year-old.

Erica Miller went missing in York, Pennsylvania in 1995 (Credit: Crime + Investigation)
Erica Miller went missing in York, Pennsylvania in 1995 (Credit: Crime + Investigation)

The documentary reveals the sinister details behind how the body came to be found, with Cheryl and Thomas' friend, James Begley - who was a family friend and also Brenda's ex-boyfriend - having asked the couple just weeks earlier whether he could borrow Thomas' shotgun.

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It also transpired that Begley had asked if he could bury "a box of insurance papers" on their land - in the exact same spot where the body had been found.

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The series also includes interviews from Erica's brother, Chuck (Credit: Crime + Investigation)
The series also includes interviews from Erica's brother, Chuck (Credit: Crime + Investigation)

It is believed that he lured Erica from the house on false pretences before shooting her in the back of the head twice. Duct tape was found in the back of his car.

Despite having an alibi, Begley was found guilty, but still denies the murder and never gave Erica's family any motive for the horrific crime.

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The hour-long episode sees interviews with Cheryl Smith and Thomas March, as well as the detective on the scene, a crime reporter and Erica's brother, Chuck.

Each episode focuses on a different harrowing crime, including a case that took 35 years to close.

The series follows each investigation from first discovery, to identifying the body, determining the cause of death and conviction.

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It features re-creations of the chilling crimes, real life footage from each case and insight from those closest to the victims, including interviews with family members and friends.

Buried in the Backyard begins on Crime+Investigation, on Tuesday 12th May at 9pm.

Featured Image Credit: Crime+Investigation

Topics: Entertainment News, True Crime, TV News, TV Entertainment

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]