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New ITV True Crime Documentary The Murder Of Molly McLaren Airs Tonight

Charlotte Forrester

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New ITV True Crime Documentary The Murder Of Molly McLaren Airs Tonight

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Warning: some distressing content

ITV are showing a new documentary film about the case of Molly McLaren, a 23 year-old woman who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Joshua Stimpson, back in 2017.

She had been texting loved ones just before the incident after he had turned up at the gym she was working out at. She then left the gym where he followed her into the car park and stabbed her 75 times.

Watch a clip below from the documentary:

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The documentary looks at how Molly and Stimpson met on Tinder before pursuing a relationship, before Molly broke things off as Stimpson grew more controlling. He then began to harass her on Facebook, including posting derogatory messages and photos.

Molly informed both the police and the social media platform about her ex-partner's behaviour, but ended up being followed by Stimpson who murdered her in public.

The film uses social media posts and text messages from Molly to tell the story of what happened as well as interviews with her friends and family to paint a picture.

Molly was texting loved ones when Stimpson followed her to the gym (Credit: ITV)
Molly was texting loved ones when Stimpson followed her to the gym (Credit: ITV)

No laws or policies have changed in the wake of Molly's murder and her family wish to stress the potential dangers of social media, as platforms are questioned on what they can do to protect users and prevent incidents like this.

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 documentary also talks to Molly's friends and family including her mother (Credit: ITV)
The documentary also talks to Molly's friends and family including her mother (Credit: ITV)

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 airs on Wednesday 17th November at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub.

Topics: ITV, True Crime, TV And Film

Charlotte Forrester
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