ITV’s A Confession follows Martin Freeman as Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher but where is the real former police officer now?
Continuing ITV’s long-running penchant for excellent drama series is the newly released A Confession which first hit our screens on September 2nd.
The drama follows Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher as he and Wiltshire Police search for the killer of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan who was murdered back in March 2011.
At the time, the real Steve Fulcher, who is played by Sherlock’s Martin Freeman in the ITV drama, came under fire for his methods in attaining a confession from the murder suspect Christopher Halliwell.
The story of A Confession
A Confession follows Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher as he and his team investigate the disappearance and murder of Sian O’Callaghan who was killed in March 2011.
Fulcher makes use of any and all means to assure that the suspected killer, taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, faced the justice he deserved for the murder of Sian O’Callaghan and as it eventually emerges, another victim by the name of Becky Godden-Edwards.
What did Steve Fulcher do?
As portrayed in the ITV drama, Steve Fulcher questions the suspected Halliwell without the presence of a solicitor, something which is very much against the law in the UK.
Despite Fulcher’s questionable methods earning a confession from Halliwell, the Detective Superintendent was charged with gross misconduct for his actions which did not follow the prescribed guidelines.
However, Fulcher did receive praise from Karen Edwards, the mother of Becky Godden-Edwards who went missing in 2003, whose body was found as a result of the Halliwell confession that Fulcher managed to ascertain.
Where is he now?
As a result of being found guilty of gross misconduct in January 2014, Steve Fulcher was given a final written warning, which could have led to his dismissal if he’d fallen foul of any more guidelines.
However, in May 2014, Steve Fulcher resigned from his post and Wiltshire Police.
In 2017, the former Detective Superintendent spoke with Tim Lewis of the Guardian and gave a first-hand account of the events.
It’s revealed in the article that, at the time, he was working for a private company in Mogadishu, Somalia, as a consultant, subcontracted to deliver aid from Foreign Office and DFID (Department for International Development) programmes outside the green zone.
Whether or not Steve Fulcher is still working in this role in 2019 is unknown.
Steve Fulcher has also written a book detailing his thoughts on the Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden-Edwards case titled Catching a Serial Killer which is available on Amazon.
What we do know, however, is that ITV’s A Confession continues with the series’ third episode on September 16th at 9pm on ITV.