Peter James revisits the Babes in the Woods murders in Once Upon a True Crime Brighton News

WRITER Peter James is set to revisit the Babes in the Woods murders for a new true crime documentary.

Peter, 73, will star in the first episode of Once Upon a True Crime, a documentary series examining cold cases that were solved decades after the crime.

In a documentary trailer, the Brighton-born crime perpetrator reflects on the initial acquittal of killer Russell Bishops ahead of his 2018 retrial under the Double Jeopardy Act.

Peter says: “At the time Russell Bishop was acquitted, there was enormous anger.

“I think initially the anger was directed at the police, and I think there was a feeling because it was a housing estate that maybe people didn’t care as much.

“So there was a lot of anger against the police. I think there was a real sense of injustice.

“My personal feeling was that something awful had gone wrong.

“I felt the darkness that day when I heard the verdict and then when I saw Bishop parade around Brighton like he was the local hero for getting away with it.

“It made me feel really, deeply disturbed.”

The documentary airs tonight at 9 p.m. on Crime + Investigation.

Bishop was jailed for at least 36 years after being convicted of murdering nine-year-old Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway.

He was 20 when he sexually assaulted and strangled the girls in Wild Park, Brighton, in October 1986.

He was cleared of their murders on December 10, 1987, but within three years he kidnapped, assaulted and strangled a seven-year-old girl, leaving her for dead at Devils Dyke.

While serving life in prison for attempted murder, Bishop was sentenced to a retrial under the Double Jeopardy Act, in light of a DNA breakthrough.

Bishop’s sentencing ended a long fight for justice for the families of the two victims.

He died in January.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: ‘HMP Frankland prisoner Russell Bishop died in hospital on January 20. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.

It is understood that he had cancer.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-25 18:09:10

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