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Soham murders viewers turn off because drama makes Ian Huntley’s girlfriend ‘a victim’

Gregory Robinson

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Soham murders viewers turn off because drama makes Ian Huntley’s girlfriend ‘a victim’

Featured Image Credit: Channel 5

Viewers of the new true crime drama about the Soham murders are furious because Ian Huntley’s girlfriend is portrayed as a ‘victim’. Watch the video below:


In 2002, Huntley, who worked as a school caretaker, lured 10-year-olds Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells to his home where he killed them.

The three-part series examines the horrific crimes, which is told from the perspective of Huntley’s girlfriend, Maxine Carr, who worked as a teacher’s assistant at the school the girls attended.

She became known as Britain’s Most Hated woman after covering up her boyfriend’s crimes by establishing a false alibi.

The people who tuned in on Monday, 10 October, rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts on Carr's portrayal in the series.

Maxine started airing on Monday. Credit: Channel 5
Maxine started airing on Monday. Credit: Channel 5

One Twitter user wrote: "Incase anyone watching #Maxine has forgotten the real victims. Two beautiful innocent children who had their whole lives ahead of them."

They added: "They were murdered by Ian Huntley & Maxine Carr covered for him by providing a false alibi. #Maxine is attempting to paint her as a victim."

A second social media user tweeted: "Are we meant to feel sorry for Maxine Carr in this? Because no."

A third disappointed TV water wrote: "#Maxine why have channel 5 made this show…because if it’s to make Maxine Carr look like a victim then it should be pulled. There are many victims and she is NOT one of them."

While a fourth said they don't think anyone needs to watch the show because of how Maxine is portrayed in relation to Huntley and the murders. "Are Channel 5 trying to make us feel sorry for Maxine Carr? A woman who lied & covered for her evil boyfriend A man who killed two beautiful children. It's 20years since this horrendous & awful event & I don't think anyone needs to watch #Maxine." And someone else took to Twitter and mused: "Is it me or are they trying to make me feel sorry for Maxine Carr? Not a chance!"

Huntley was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 40 years after he was found guilty on two counts of murder.

Carr was convicted for perverting the course of justice for her false alibi and was jailed for 42 months. She was released in 2004. She gave police a detailed account about what they did at home together on 4 August 2002, the day the girls were murdered. Tyla has contacted Channel 5 for comment.

Maxine will air over three consecutive nights. The series continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 5.

Topics: TV And Film, True Crime

Gregory Robinson
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