Evil Up Close
Evil Up Close, a new series on Crime & Investigation, investigates extraordinary crimes committed by ordinary people. Meet the neighbour who waves politely, the friend who is the life and soul of a party, the colleague who buys the coffee. All are ready to kill, rape, maim or harm. They live cheek by jowl with us; they look, sound and behave like us. But they are evil and their crimes have shocked the world. This series hears from the people who knew, loved or trusted those hunted for vicious crimes, of those who lived alongside, laughed with or felt the warmth of a monster. The wives and daughters, husbands and sons, the friends, neighbours, detectives and prosecutors who have eye-balled evil in the dock. Unravelling tales of horror are made all the more awful because of their ordinariness. People like Derrick Bird, the English cab driver, father and grandfather who shot his brother and 24 others before turning the weapon on himself. Or the calculating Doctor, Colin Howell, who gassed his wife and her lover to death before painstakingly staging their suicide pact, before returning to his life as a lay preacher. Or the French mother, who murdered and buried her own babies during a twenty year killing spree. The series will include first hand testimonies and dramatic reconstructions alongside news reports and expert opinion from police, psychologists and criminologists.