FEATURES

A CBS Reality Original Production: Uncovering Melanie’s Murderer
By James W, Wednesday 10th August 2016

On the morning of the 9th June 1984 the body of teenager, Melanie Road, was found just yards from her home. It transpired she’d been brutally stabbed in a frenzied attack before being brutally assaulted as she lay dying. Despite intensive investigations, and the work of police forces right across the southwest of Britain, her killer remained undetected for over three decades, until new developments in Forensic Science finally caught up with him.

This is the story of how Melanie’s young life was ended by a callous killer. How a caring family never gave up hope and how dogged police work and the extraordinary revolution of DNA profiling, eventually led to uncovering Melanie’s murderer.

This gripping and timely documentary traces the case from the very beginning when a seemingly innocent night out in a local nightclub turned into a nightmare for the Road Family. Beginning with the horrific discovery of Melanie’s body, the documentary visits the scene of the crime with Anthony Noonan, the milkman who, together with his son, came across her remains that morning.

Detective Hamish Galloway, part of the original investigation team describes how the team approached the case and the frustrations which surrounded the early years as police sought to make a breakthrough. Bath Chronicle journalist, David Symington and his editor Bob Constantine, both of whom reported widely on the case, tell of the mood in the quiet city of Bath at the time and the impact the murder had on the community.

As DNA techniques became more sophisticated towards the end of the 20th Century, Somerset and Avon Police made a determined and concentrated effort to finally solve the case, looking to match DNA found at the scene with the national database. Cold Case team member, Detective Gary Mason, recalls in great detail the extraordinary process, which was set in train and the consistent and unstinting efforts of the force.

DCI Julie Mackay, who led the operation, tells of the ups and downs of the process and the moment when she was able to tell Melanie’s mother that her daughter’s killer had been identified.

Uncovering Melanie’s Murderer on Monday 29th August at 10.00pm, is a study in modern crime solving techniques. It demonstrates, with key witnesses and commentators, how traditional investigative techniques can now be significantly enhanced by the scientific power of DNA profiling.


MORE FEATURES
Sometimes you have to think like a killer to catch a killer
Posted on Thursday 30th August 2018

It Takes a Killer is a 30-minute series that puts you inside the minds and motives of cold-blooded killers.

Experts from the FBI, Scotland Yard, and leading homicide investigators review crime scene evidence, profile each killer’s behavior, and describe the chilling forensic details of each murder scene. They explain when, why, and how each perpetrator carried out the crime. They also tell us how each homicide is solved.

Sometimes you have to think like a killer to catch a killer.

It Takes a Killer starts 7th September on CBS Reality.

SHARE: READ MORE
Could you spot the Evidence of Evil?
Posted on Thursday 30th August 2018

CBS Reality Original series Evidence of Evil explores and reconstructs some of the most intriguing and startling criminal cases of the past two decades, from the UK and Ireland to the United States and Canada, where technology has changed the course of the investigations and brought the guilty to justice.

The series will showcase the dedication and hard work of the investigators, police, scientists, and other experts in their fields. With key witness testimony, new interviews, reconstructed sequences and archive footage, Evidence of Evil provides an in-depth, and often personal, account of the details surrounding key criminal investigations of recent times.

Would you be able to follow the leads? Evid...

SHARE: READ MORE
September on Reality
Posted on Wednesday 29th August 2018

EVIDENCE OF EVIL
Wednesday at 22:00 from 5th September continuing into next month

CBS Reality Original series “Evidence of Evil” explores and reconstructs some of the most intriguing and startling criminal cases of the past two decades, from the UK and Ireland to the United States and Canada, where technology has changed the course of the investigations and brought the guilty to justice.

The series will showcase the dedication and hard work of the investigators, police, scientists, and other experts in their fields. With key witness testimony, new interviews, reconstructed sequences and archive footage, “Evidence of Evil” provides an in-depth, and often personal, account of the details s...

SHARE: READ MORE
10 more of Judge Judy's best lines
Posted on Thursday 2nd August 2018
Judge Judy

She’s the original and still going strong after 22 years, Judge Judy’s blend of honesty and acerbic wit has gained her a legion of fans all across the globe. Here’s 10 more of our favourite Judge Judy lines!

10: Of course, I'm right. I'm always right. I'm like a truth machine.

9: This is my courtroom and I can say what I want. When you become a judge, we will talk.

8: I'm speaking. When my mouth moves, yours stops!

7: Do you come from a long line of idiots.

6: You're lying. I can tell because the hairs on the back of my neck are standing up.

5: Have you ever heard of the K.I.S.S. principle? Keep It Simple, Stupid.

4: ...

SHARE: READ MORE
Spend the night by the sea with CBS Reality
Posted on Monday 30th July 2018

Murder By The Sea night Image 1Perhaps it’s the sea air or too much sun. But despite the jollity associated with sandcastles and ice creams, breezy promenade walks and donkey rides, many British seaside towns have a dubious reputation for hosting the most remarkable crimes. Some of the most strange and terrifying murders ever recorded in British criminal history have taken place at our famous seaside resorts; the grand hotels playing host to some of the deadliest murderers imaginable, and the seafronts doubling as stalking grounds for the most wicked of serial killers.

In this compelling CBS Reality Original series, best-selling true crime writer Geoff...

SHARE: READ MORE
Killer weekends in August on CBS Reality
Posted on Sunday 15th July 2018

Ice Cold Killers weekend image 1Each weekend in August, CBS Reality is taking you into the darkest minds and investigates the most hideous of crimes with weekends dedicated to your favourite true crimes series'.

Here are all the clues you need:

Ice Cold Killers Weekend: 4th-5th August
Amid the untouched backdrop of Alaska, people go missing at an eerily high rate. It’s a place where people can go to get away from everything, where you can live off the grid and hide in plain sight. For a murderer, it provides the perfect cover to commit the perfect crime. Told from the perspectives of family members, investigators and other insider expe...

SHARE: READ MORE
Medical Detectives - Special Weekends in July
Posted on Saturday 23rd June 2018

Over two weekends in July CBS Reality is dedicating its programming to the acclaimed series Medical Detectives with three themed events of carefully selected episodes.

For those new to the series, Medical Detectives profile intriguing crimes, accidents and outbreaks of disease from around the world. Follow coroners, medical examiners, physicians, law enforcement officials, journalists and legal experts as they put together the pieces of the crime puzzle. Cutting-edge forensic techniques and every piece of evidence available are combined with true-to-life re-enactments and profiles of the people who lived through the events.

Medical Detectives: Serial Killer Weekend - 14th and 15th July from 9pm.
Medical Det...

SHARE: READ MORE
More true stories from Death Row in July
Posted on Saturday 23rd June 2018

Season 3 of the gripping series Death Row Stories starts on 13th July and, as usual each episode will unravel a different capital murder case that has twists and turns worthy of a crime thriller.

All of these stories are true, and call into question the myriad of beliefs about the death penalty and the American justice system itself.

Susan Sarandon, who portrayed the Louisiana-based Catholic nun Sister Helen Prejean who ministers to death row inmates and advocates for the abolition of capital punishment, will narrate each episode in the series.

SHARE: READ MORE
Spend the weekend with Donal MacIntyre this July
Posted on Saturday 23rd June 2018

Donal MacIntrye ready for a whole weekend of his shows on CBS RealityCBS Reality is giving you the opportunity to spend a weekend in the company of the nation’s favourite investigative journalist and criminologist Donal MacIntyre on 28th and 29th July from 7pm till 1am.

Programmes include:
Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files where MacIntyre examines some of the most horrific and fascinating crimes of recent times through the first-hand experiences of the people who ensured justice was carried out. Then in Donal MacIntyre: Unsolved he investigates some of the most notorious and intriguing unsolved cases in the UK and Ireland, exploring how these cases have never successfully brou...

SHARE: READ MORE
PICK OF THE WEEK
Ice Cold Killers
ICE COLD KILLERS
Tuesday 25 September
10.00 PM
Evil Twins
EVIL TWINS
Monday 24 September
10.00 PM
Cold Blood
COLD BLOOD
Tuesday 25 September
9.00 PM