Real Crime is a British documentary television series produced by ITV Studios for the ITV network. Each episode examines a notorious crime and includes interviews with relatives of the victims.
In July 1996, 13-year-old Caroline Dickinson was on a school trip in France, staying at a youth hostel where she was raped and murdered - the killer escaped without anyone raising the alarm. The police arrested a homeless man who confessed to the crime, but by the time DNA tests had eliminated him, the train had gone cold. This is the story of how Caroline's parents refused to let the case rest, and how a US Customs officer helped track down Francisco Montes, their daughter's killer.
The story of Rena Salmon, who shot beauty salon owner Lorna Stewart with a double barrelled shotgun in September 2002. Rena's husband had a history of womanising, and when he refused to end his affair with friend's wife Lorna, Rena became increasingly unstable. She began to stalk Lorna and threatened her with abuse messages before taking the ultimate revenge on her adulterous husband by killing the other woman. She was convicted of murder, but was the verdict too harsh?
The story of Canadian man Albert Walker, now serving a life sentence for the murder of Ronald Platt - whose identity he assumed, and who managed to fool close friends and associates for almost a decade. The programme features interviews with police officers who bought Walker to justice, the murdered man's girlfriend, Walker's friends and the Rev David Hoskins, Walker's vicar.
It was a tragedy that would spark national outrage and lead to rumours of conspiracy and corruption at the highest levels of the Belgian judicial system. More than ten years after the paedophile Marc Dutroux was jailed for the kidnap, imprisonment, rape, torture and murder of terrified young girls, questions about the case remain.
The story of 19-year-old murdered Brian Blackwell, whose confidence, charm and intelligence masked a serious underlying personality disorder which caused him to be obsessed with fantasies of power and brilliance. He took out credit cards in his father's name, and when his parents quizzed him about how much he spent on his lavish lifestyle, Blackwell savagely stabbed and beat them to death before treating his girlfriend to a luxury holiday the following day as if nothing happened.
The murders of Connie and Janice Sheridan in their Norfolk home in January 1999, for which door-to-door salesman Kevin Cotterell pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison
Dramatic documentary about the police manhunt for David Copeland, the nail bomber who targeted three London minority groups in a series of brutal attacks during April 1999, which killed three people and injured 129. The hunt for the killer soon became a race against time, as authorities tried to track him down before he struck again.