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Chilling New Documentary Family Man Will Revisit The Tragic Sykes Family Murders

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Chilling New Documentary Family Man Will Revisit The Tragic Sykes Family Murders

A chilling new documentary is coming to Crime + Investigation next week and it will revisit the Sykes family murders.

On 25th November - aka the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Crime + Investigation will air Family Man which looks at three tragic murder-suicide cases.

It will revisit the case of Darren Sykes, who in October 2014, deliberately started a fire inside his house in Barnsley, which killed his two young sons and himself, in a bid to punish his estranged wife, Claire Throssell.

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The documentary will hear from Claire herself, who provides a heartbreaking and devastating testimony on the murder of her young sons.

It is believed that Sykes was caught on CCTV buying petrol from a filling station before the fire. He then returned home before texting his sons and picking them up from their grandma's home.

It is believed that the boys were playing with a train set as the petrol was spread around the home. At the time it was reported that police found a chair under the handle of a door to prevent anyone inside the home from escaping.

Sykes killed his two young sons and himself, in a bid to punish his estranged wife, Claire Throssell (Credit: Crime + Investigation)
Sykes killed his two young sons and himself, in a bid to punish his estranged wife, Claire Throssell (Credit: Crime + Investigation)
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The documentary will also look at the case of Paul Newman, who in 2016, killed his wife Geraldine and their two young children, before committing suicide.

Finally, it will examine the case of Robert Mochrie, who, in July 2000, killed his wife, Catherine and their four children, before poisoning and hanging himself.

Narrated by TV presenter Anita Rani, the one-hour documentary film will hear from investigating officers on each case, as well as familicide expert Professor Neil Websdale who offers insight into familicide killers' motivations.

The channel has recently teamed up with domestic abuse charity Refuge, for their #HereForHer campaign which is fronted by actress Kym Marsh.

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The documentary will hear from Claire herself, who provides a heartbreaking testimony (Credit: Crime + Investigation)
The documentary will hear from Claire herself, who provides a heartbreaking testimony (Credit: Crime + Investigation)

Commenting on the campaign, which launched last month, Kym said: "Many people still believe that domestic abuse is a private matter and many victims of domestic abuse feel isolated from friends or family due to their abusive partners, and feel like they have no one to talk to.

"That is why I'm championing the #HereForHer initiative to let those victims know there is a community of support available to them, even if they feel like they have nowhere to turn.''

''Domestic abuse is a crime and initiatives like Crime+Investigation's #HereForHer are absolutely vital to raising much-needed awareness of an issue that has huge knock-on effects across society and raise much-needed funds to support the hugely important work Refuge do through their national Helpline and emergency services."

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Family Man airs on Crime + Investigation on Wednesday 25th November.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Documentaries, TV News

Lucy Devine
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