New Channel 5 Documentary Looks At Chilling Case Of Ian Huntley

A new documentary will take a look at the chilling murders of school girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman by Ian Huntley, dubbed the 'Soham murders'.


Channel 5's Ian Huntley: 5 Mistakes That Caught A Killer will focus on the 2002 killings carried out by the former school caretaker and features interviews with those directly involved with the case.

The girls disappeared after going off to buy sweets and were never seen alive again. The subsequent search to find them became one of the biggest the country has ever seen.

It later transpired that Huntley had lured the girls to his house in Soham, Cambridgeshire, and brutally murdered them.

Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were killed by Ian Huntley in 2002. Credit: PA
Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were killed by Ian Huntley in 2002. Credit: PA

He was sentenced to life in prison for his crimes alongside his girlfriend Maxine Carr, who was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Carr, who had worked as a teaching assistant at the girls' school, wasn't at home at the time of the murders.

In Ian Huntley: 5 Mistakes That Caught A Killer documentary makers will take a look at the 'five mistakes' Huntley made that lead to him being caught and locked away for life.

Describing the documentary, a spokesperson explained: "Their first error was talking to the media. When Huntley's TV interviews were shown in his home town of Grimsby, people came forward to reveal his murky past.


A police officer stands outside Ian Huntley's home. Credit: PA
A police officer stands outside Ian Huntley's home. Credit: PA

"Huntley also switched off one of the girl's mobile phones, triggering a signal to a telecoms mast.

"And, he used his own car to transport their bodies to a remote field, later returning to the scene to remove the distinctive Manchester United shirts both girls were wearing-only to hide them in a place where they could be found by police."

Among those speaking in the episode is Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Stevenson, who helped put Huntley behind bars. This will be his first interview since the trial.

Ian Huntley: 5 Mistakes That Caught a Killer is on Channel 5 Thursday, 23 May at 10pm.

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Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

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