The Colin Pitchfork investigation became famous for a world-first breakthrough.

The BBC has unveiled a new documentary series you certainly won’t want to miss. 

There has always been something so unsettlingly intriguing about the mind of a murderer. What makes people morph into monsters? This is a subject that documentaries have long been considering, with so many trying to get to the heart of cases and explore the horrors which have made headlines and broken hearts. 

The latest to do so is Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us, which is a three-episode series centring upon three murder investigations, dedicating an episode to each. 

Episode one – which airs on BBC at 9 pm on Wednesday, October 9th 2019 – takes audiences back to Leicestershire in the eighties to explore the tragic murders orchestrated by the infamous Colin Pitchfork. Both Narborough and Enderby were struck with grief in the wake of two murdered teenage girls, and the episode uses archive footage, interviews from multiple professionals and beyond to paint a picture of this groundbreaking and deeply upsetting investigation. 

Scenes outside Leicester Crown Court after Colin Pitchfork was sentenced to life imprisonment after admitting the separate murders of Lynda Mann aged 15 (1983) and Dawn Ashworth aged 15 (…

Who is Colin Pitchfork?

The case was revolutionary as the difficulty to determine the murderer led to a breakthrough in the forensic science we now know as DNA fingerprinting.

As highlighted by the BBC, the episode discusses the evolution of Britain’s DNA database. This began with the infamous Colin Pitchfork, and the murders of 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth 15-year-old Lynda Mann. 

The 59-year-old is a convicted murderer and rapist – the first ever to be caught thanks to DNA screening. He was involved in two separate murder cases: one in Narborough in November 1983 and the second in Enderby in July 1986. The man was arrested on September 19th 1987 and soon sentenced to life imprisonment on January 22nd 1988. In court, he admitted to both of the murders in question. 


Colin Pitchfork: Where is he now?

Back in April 2019, the Leicester Mercury gave the public update regarding the murderer.  

The source confirmed that he was approaching attempts to end his sentence and rejoin society after he became eligible for parole at this time. It’s uncertain as to whether he opted to apply, but considering the past perhaps he went straight ahead…

He actually tried to make parole in 2018 but it was blocked; he had to wait until 2019, but there hasn’t been news since. They note, however, that he has been able to go on unescorted visits outside of the open prison he’s currently serving time in. Although he’s in the final stretch of his sentence, that doesn’t mean he isn’t still despised and feared, with his freedom being a dreaded cause for deep concern. 

The loved ones of those he murdered have been campaigning to keep him locked up for years. 


The public verdict

Many people have spoken out over the years in relation to the man’s eligibility for parole. 

One Twitter user wrote: “Colin Pitchfork: Never release this monster!” while sharing a petition to keep him imprisoned. Similarly, another added: “I am sorry I don’t care how good child killer Colin Pitchfork has been in jail – he should never get his freedom after his crimes.”

This seems to be the general consensus across Twitter; perhaps the documentary series can shed more light on the current circumstances.  

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