What does it take to drive apparently ordinary human beings to murder? In a BBC season of groundbreaking original movies, Murder in Mind takes viewers on a journey into the psyches of a disparate collection of killers. Exploring the psychology behind the darkest and yet most compelling crime of murder, each of the seven movies explores the ultimate crime through the eyes of the murderer and asks, not whodunit? but whydunit? Cold, calculating and in search of the perfect crime, each killer selects a different method of murder. From euthanasia, contract killing, vigilantes, accidental murder, to the bewildering act of sleepwalking, there is no set formula to the chilling thrillers, only one common theme: death in "suspicious" circumstances. "Murder should be about murderers," insists series creator Anthony Horowitz. "So our first rule was that the killer should take up most screen time. The murderer is the star, not just the plot mechanism." Some murderers appear to escape with
When a centuries old male body is accidentally discovered in her garden by couple of builders, Elizabeth Marton becomes convinced that her own house is haunted and she does her best to find out the truth about the man that was found dead in her garden. She begins researching by looking to her family history.
Jamie Holt, on runaway from the police, hides away in a small unknown village. There he makes a whole new life for himself and he starts running his own pub. Ten years after the runaway a face from his past arrives in the town and starts to blackmail him into carrying out a murder for him.
A female author for children books, Hat Vezey, gets terrorised by an obsessive stalker that won't leave her in peace. After she has enough of everything, Hat decides to resort to desperate measures to stop the stalker from terrorising her.
25 years after her son commited suicide as a result of school bullying, Jill Craig decides to take revenge on the bully, Scott Martin. She employs the former bully's services for odd-jobs and pretends to befriend him over a period of many months while all the time setting him up for a murder. She shows him her jewellery in order to have his fingerprints on it then plants some of it in his shed, she even secretly changes her will in his favour to give him a motive. She then kills herself in such a way as to make it seem as though Scott Martin had murdered her and tried to make it look like suicide so he could inherit her money. With her carefully engineered forensic evidence stacked against him he receives a life sentence for her "murder".
Three city dealers' scheme to siphon off money from their company's accounts is suspected by Simon's boss so he and his friends hire aging hitman Terry Cameron to do away with him. Cameron requires payment only on completion of the job, but when the boss publicly dies of a heart attack the dealers decide there is no need to pay the hitman. Cameron then starts killing the dealers one by one as a penalty for non-payment.
Alan Willis is a lazy, unscrupulous property owner leasing dilapidated homes to unsuspecting tenants. When Australian student Claire MacGregor agrees to rent a death-trap of an apartment she promptly dies of carbon monoxide poisoning from the central heating boiler. Alan finds the body, panics, and enlists the help of his wife Liz to disguise the death as suicide. But the plan, to make it appear as if she killed herself by inhaling exhaust fumes from her car, runs into problems when the real car owner appears claiming Claire could not drive.
Tom is in a state of despair. He still loves wife Helen and daughter Holly, but he's responsible for his marriage breaking down. Tom spent too much time trying to salvage his business and paid little attention to his home life. Tom desperately wants Helen back, but a reconciliation is looking highly unlikely when Helen becomes involved with Alex, a police officer. One day, when Tom picks Holly up from school, there's an altercation between him and a local teen thug named Darren. Tom takes offence when Darren jumps the ice cream queue; and using physical force, he ejects the abusive teenager from the line. Everything gets out of hand when Darren and his gang set upon Tom and Holly, hurling stones and bricks at his car. Later, a concerned Helen suggests to Tom that Alex might be of some help; but Tom's pride won't let him take an offer of help from Helen's new boyfriend. Later Tom is beaten up by a couple of unknown thugs, Tom suspects Darren's father is the culprit.
Decent, hardworking and respectable, Sanjay Patel is a corner shop owner facing financial ruin when regularly forced to pay protection money to two local bullies. When one of the thugs, Ronnie Brown, turns up at the shop, brandishing a knife and demands 'his cash', Sanjay's actions leads to disastrous consequences. With the thug missing, the investigating officer immediately suspects the corner shop owner. But with very little evidence and no body, will Sanjay be declared innocent?