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Molly had initially met Joshua Stimpson on Tinder before entering a relationship but broke things off when he become controlling. He then started harassing her and posting derogatory messages and photos on Facebook. Molly told social media platforms and police about his worrying behaviour, before he then killed her in a gym car park.
Watch a clip from the documentary below:
Viewers shared on social media how the felt watching the documentary.
One Twitter user simply said: "Just watched the Murder of Molly McLaren documentary - absolutely petrifying".
A woman also spoke about how watching the film had impacted her view on online dating: "Watched the documentary on Molly McLaren and it has made me even less keen to date, especially from online. That poor girl was murdered for ending a relationship and so many others are too. Terrifying."
Another person tweeted: "Take ages to get over it after watching that documentary. She didn't deserve that. My thoughts on Molly McLaren. RIP Molly".
Someone else discussed their anger in feeling that nothing had changed in the wake of Molly's death: "Watching ITV2s Social Media Murders - Molly McLaren. A truly dreadful situation.
"Social media. Stalking. Woman’s [sic.] safety. How we’re listened to. How the police deal with these situations. This was 2017. Nothing seems to have changed."
The Murder of Molly McLaren is part of the Social Media Murders trilogy, a new true crime series for ITV2 and ITV Hub airing on consecutive nights that concentrate on three real crimes that led to a young person's death and how social media played a part in linking the culprit and the victim.
The first of the three Social Media Murders films was The Murder of Grace Millane, which viewers were shaken by, especially when seeing the CCTV footage on the date with her killer that preceded her death. The next instalment is The Murder of Alex Rodda, a 15-year-old school boy killed in 2019, followed by The Murder of Molly McLaren.
The Murder of Molly McLaren: Social Media Murders is available to watch on ITV Hub.
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