New documentary to examine brutal murder committed by Grimsby man
A brand new documentary will examine the brutal murder of two 10-year-old girls 20 years after their deaths.
Soham: The Murder of Holly and Jessica will examine the two weeks surrounding the double murder.
Back in August 2002, Grimsby-born Ian Huntley worked as a caretaker at Soham Primary School in a small Cambridgeshire town.
His ex-girlfriend, Maxine Carr, worked at the same school as a teaching assistant.
The two 10-year-old girls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, both knew and trusted Huntley and Carr before their tragic deaths.
The horrific case began when the two schoolgirls were reported missing in August 2002.
It was around this time that Huntley’s dark past was revealed, as he had been previously investigated for rape and underage sex with young girls before moving away from Grimsby.
He allegedly targeted young girls in the 1990s but there was not enough evidence to convict him.
While social services investigated these claims, Humberside Police were also looking into three other claims from women who stated that Huntley had raped them.
Huntley was never convicted for these crimes.
A member of the public in Grimsby spotted Huntley doing TV interviews when the two girls first went missing, alerting Humberside Police.
He was later arrested in Cambridgeshire.
Carr provided an alibi for Huntley but it later emerged that she was in Grimsby at the time of the girl’s disappearance.
For 14 grueling days, the nation watched as police carried out frantic searches for the two girls, who had left Holly’s home one Sunday afternoon before vanishing.
It was two weeks after their disappearance that Holly and Jessica’s bodies were sadly found in a ditch close to the small Cambridgeshire town.
Now, the new documentary will examine the two weeks in excruciating detail with evidence from investigators, scientists, and legal teams.
Airing on Channel 5 on Wednesday and Thursday at 9 pm, the two-part show will explore the police’s journey to putting Huntley and Carr behind bars for the brutal double murder.