Code of a Killer on ITV1 dramatizes the police investigation to catch the double killer Colin Pitchfork – but where is he now?
The two-part drama plays the actor John Simm as a brilliant scientist who decrypts the key to the DNA fingerprint.
Thanks to him, the police were able to catch the killer Colin Pitchfork.
Here is everything you need to know.
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Who is Colin Pitchfork?
Colin Pitchfork lived in Newbold Verdon in Leicestershire.
He attended school in Market Bosworth and Desford.
When he was a teenager, he was arrested by the police for indecent exposure and sentenced and sent for therapy.
In 1981 he married a social worker and the couple had two sons.
He worked as an apprentice at Hampshires Bakery in Leicester.
Colin worked there until he was arrested for the murders.
Who were his victims?
Colin Pitchfork raped and killed two Leicestershire school girls in the mid-1980s.
He killed Lynda Mann and later Dawn Ashworth, both 15.
On November 21, 1983, Colin kidnapped, raped, and murdered 15-year-old Lynda Mann.
She was on her way back from babysitting.
The next morning, a passerby found her dead on an abandoned sidewalk popularly known as the Black Pad.
On July 31, 1986, Dawn Ashworth – also 15 – left her home to visit a friend’s house, but disappeared.
Two days later, police found her body in a wooded area near a footpath called Ten Pound Lane.
Colin had beaten, brutally raped and strangled her.
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How did the police catch Colin Pitchfork?
The police caught Colin Pitchfork using DNA profiling technology.
He was the first person convicted of rape and murder using DNA profiling.
The police arrested him on September 19, 1987.
Colin admitted exposing more than 1,000 women since he was a teenager.
Sexual assault and strangulation later occurred.
Colin was subsequently sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to both murders.
The Lord Chief Justice said at the time: “From a public safety perspective, I doubt whether he should ever be released.”
Where’s Colin Pitchfork now?
Colin Pitchfork’s minimum sentence was reduced to 28 years on appeal.
After numerous tests, he was released in September 2021.
The Justice Department announced that Colin Pitchfork, now 61, will remain under custody for the rest of his life.
A Justice Department spokesman said: “Public safety is our top priority, which is why it is subject to some of the toughest licensing terms ever.”
The Parole Board said Colin’s license terms include living at a specific address, attending parole, and wearing an electronic tag.
He will also take part in polygraph tests, must disclose which vehicles he is using and who he is talking to, whereby contact with children is particularly limited.
Colin will be subject to a curfew and restrictions on the use of technology and restrictions on where he can go.
The police have banned him from entering Leicestershire and can return him to prison if he breaks any of his 36 strict surveillance conditions.
Barbara Ashworth, mother of the murdered Dawn, said the parole board’s verdict was “disappointing.”
She said, “And as for me, he’s going to be in public, so it speaks for itself.”
Code of a Killer on ITV1 – is that a real story?
Code of a Killer is based on the story of Sir Alec Jeffreys’ discovery of the DNA fingerprint.
The two-part ITV1 series dramatizes how the DNA fingerprint was first used by DCS David Baker to apprehend double killer Colin Pitchfork.
The drama follows the brilliant scientist and groundbreaking detective as they team up to create the most significant advance in modern criminal investigation.
In 1984, Dr. Alec Jeffreys (John Simm) developed a remarkable technique for reading each person’s unique DNA fingerprint.
Meanwhile, DCS David Baker (David Threlfall) led the search for the murderer of the two schoolgirls Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire a few miles away.
Together, the two pursued the man who raped and murdered the two teenagers and then caught the killer – Colin Pitchfork.
Code of a Killer will air on Monday, October 11th and Monday, October 18th, 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV1.
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