Ian Huntley and the Soham murders: What you need to know before the documentary airs – Metro.co.uk
The Channel 5 documentary 5 Mistakes That Caught A Killer, which details the crimes and subsequent capture of double-child-killer Ian Huntley, is due to air tonight, 23 May.
The documentary will be focusing on the evidence that led to the conviction of the murderer, and the ‘mistakes’ he made which ultimately sealed his fate.
Before you tune in, here’s what you need to know about Ian Huntley and the Soham Murders…
What did Ian Huntley do?
On August 4, 2002, two ten-year-old girls called Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman left a barbecue in Soham, Cambridgeshire to buy sweets, and were lured by Huntley, who was the caretaker at their school, into his house.
Huntley murdered the two children not long after they entered his home.
When the girls disappeared, one of the biggest missing-person searches in Britain’s history began, and Huntley quickly embedded himself in the investigation to find the girls – with Huntley and his then-girlfriend, the girls’ former teaching assistant Maxine Carr, giving multiple interviews between them to television crews.
This soon drew the suspicion of the police, with Huntley openly admitting to seemingly being the last person to see the girls alive, and Carr referring to one of the girls in the past tense on camera before the children were confirmed dead.
Is Ian Huntley still in prison now?
On 17 August, the bodies of the girls were found – mere hours after Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr were arrested.
Huntley was charged with two counts of murder and is currently serving a life sentence in jail, with a minimum term of 40 years.
Meanwhile Carr, who provided a false alibi to her then-boyfriend, got a three-year jail sentence for perverting the course of justice and ended up serving under two years.
He, now 45, remains in jail to this day, and as of 2017, was apparently asking fellow inmates to call him by the female name ‘Lian’.
At the time, a source told The Sun: ‘It’s getting him loads of attention and he feels like a bit of a celebrity inside.
‘He’s taking pleasure in signing everything for as many inmates as possible with his new name.’
5 Mistakes That Caught A Killer will be airing tonight at 10pm on Channel 5.