Written In Blood: Episode 4 - The Facebook Killer
By James Whittington, Sunday 24th September 2017

In this episode, Simon Toyne travels to Darlington to explore the horrific case of 'The Facebook Killer’ and talk to author Angela Clarke (pictured).

Peter Chapman committed petty crimes through his childhood. At 15 he was accused of sexual assault but the charges were dropped. Four years later, he was accused of rape again after girl he befriended fell pregnant as a result of the attack, but the police were unable to make the accusation stick and he once again faced no charges.

He then began to target prostitutes, knowing that they were vulnerable targets and that he was likely to get away with his crimes. He would lure the women into his car, force them to strip down and assault them before driving around, holding the women at knife point. The second woman who he did this to, reported the incident to the police and then they were able to connect this case and a previously reported one. It was in 1996 that Chapman was picked out of a line up and at 19 years old, he was charged with 7 years in prison for the rape of the two women. He was let out on parole, halfway through his sentence, his name being added to the Sex Offenders Register.

Knowing that he would be unlikely to attract the women that he found attractive, he used the profile picture of a teenage boy to lure Ashleigh Hall, 17, to her death. He groomed her on Facebook using the name Peter Cartwright and arranged to meet Ashleigh on the 25th October. He spent the earlier part of the day visiting the area that he would later take Ashleigh.

A short while before Chapman was due to meet her, he sent a text from the ‘boy’ saying that his father was going to pick her up instead of him. Ashleigh’s body was found dumped in a farmer’s field, her arms bound and her mouth taped shut, resulting in suffocation. She had been raped - peri mortem. Later evidence also suggests that she was forced to perform oral sex on Chapman. He received a 35-year prison sentence for the crime.

Two days before Ashleigh Hall’s death, 23rd October, Chapmans details including his car registration number were circulated to all UK police forces as he was wanted by police in relation to allegations of theft, arson and failing to notify his change of address in line with the requirements of the sex offenders register. At this time it was still unknown to the police that Ashleigh was missing. His car was picked up by three police forces Automatic Number Place Recognition (ANPR) Systems following a nationwide alert to find him, but was never stopped. Cleveland Police recorded 12 ANPR hits, Durham Police recorded 2 hits and North Yorkshire recorded 2 hits.

In the end, it was the Cleveland Police hits that resulted in Chapman’s arrest. After which he confessed to Ashleigh’s murder and then took them to the field where he left her body. After the discovery of the body, the police called Mrs Hall who had called her daughter 30 times and her daughters friends in search of her. Mrs Hall recalled the horror of hearing the police answer Ashleigh’s phone. She said, “I could understand it if Ashleigh died because of illness but to actually have someone take someone’s life is just unbearable.”

January on CBS Reality
Posted on Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Season 2
Wednesdays at 22:00 from 3rd till 31st January

This thrilling 5X60 CBS Reality Original series takes a fresh approach by bringing to life the nerve-jangling real audio taken from the killers’ confessions, which in season 2 belong to Dennis Nilsen, Aileen Wuornos, Peter Manuel, Stephen Griffiths, Robert Pickton and Gary Ridgway. Using actors and lip-sync technology, the audio will be bought to life and will allow the audience will be taken inside the confessions of serial killers, face to face with evil. These police interrogations will be complimented by drama recon of the crimes themselves and further supported by expert and Police interviews. Professor...

Enjoy stacks of your favourite shows this Christmas
Posted on Tuesday 5th December 2017

Every night from 23rd until 31st December at 9pm, CBS Reality is giving you the chance to binge on your favourite shows with nights stacked with the best in true life drama.

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Spend Christmas in court!
Posted on Tuesday 5th December 2017

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With her outspoken style, hard-hitting decisiveness and biting wit, Judge Judith Sheindlin single-handedly reinvented the courtroom genre and in the process has become a genuine pop culture phenomenon.

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Interview with Professor David Wilson presenter of Voice of a Serial Killer
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Posted on Sunday 29th October 2017

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As the saying goes, "Karma’s A B****!" this November on CBS Reality
Posted on Sunday 29th October 2017

On Karma’s A B****!, Sopranos and “Secret Life of the American Teenager” star Steve Schirripa guides you into the world of those who don’t just fantasize about revenge - they get even.

Whether it’s avenging a husband’s duplicity or settling the score with a con man, this provocative new series shows just how far some people are willing to go to balance the scales of justice. As the saying goes, revenge is a dish best served cold.

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Written In Blood final episode details
Posted on Sunday 29th October 2017

This hit series brings fact and fiction together as bestselling writer Simon Toyne meets other top crime authors to discuss how their works of fiction have been inspired by the UK’s darkest real life crimes.

In this finale episode Simon Toyne travels North to investigate one of the most chilling folie a deux partnership of all time.

Joined by Howard Linskey, author of The Search, they investigate the crimes committed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, which resolved in the death of five children and the ongoing hunt for their bodies.

Written In Blood concludes Sunday 5th November at 10pm.

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Voice of a Serial Killer - New and exclusive to CBS Reality in November
Posted on Sunday 29th October 2017

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Written In Blood - Episode 9: The Bone Field
Posted on Sunday 29th October 2017

Written In Blood continues with Simon Toyne travelling to West London, where he explores the abduction and murder of a 7-year-old, the inspiration behind the book The Bone Fieldby by Simon Kernick.

Wokingham, Berkshire. Mark Tildesley was seven years old when he died on the 1st of June, 1984. After saving his 30p pocket money which he supplemented by returning trollies and keeping the 10p, he saved up enough money to go to the fair. On assuring his mother that he would be back within an hour and a half, he set off on his bike to meet his two friends. They had both decided that they didn’t want to go, so he continued on alone. Sidney Cooke, who befriended Mark earlier by givin...

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