Martin Clunes returns as DCI Colin Sutton in the second Manhunt series, also known as The Night Stalker.
The ITV drama is based on the personal diaries of the former Metropolitan Police homicide detective.
The first manhunt focused on finding the killer of Amelie Delagrange and arresting the “bus stop killer” Levi Bellfield.
The second season of Manhunt is a four-part series about the depraved rapist Delroy Grant.
DCI Sutton caught Delroy Grant after raping and assaulting around 600 elderly people in south London over a period of 17 years.
So who is the man behind Clunes’ character?
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Who is Colin Sutton from Manhunt?
Colin Sutton’s father and grandfather were both cops.
He followed in their footsteps when he joined the Metropolitan Police as a cop in 1981 and worked at Wimbledon.
He rose quickly through the ranks.
Sutton’s first involvement in a homicide investigation came after he and a colleague tried to rescue two people from a fire in Enfield.
Two people died, an investigation was opened and he found himself on a homicide squad.
He didn’t look back.
Manhunt Series One – The Levi Bellfield Case
DCI Sutton led 37 homicide investigations and resolved 35 in nine years.
Manhunt’s first series revolved around the murder of French student Amelie Delagrange, 22, who was found dead on Twickenham Common in 2004.
Colin Sutton linked the murder to that of Marsha McDonnell, 19, from Surrey, who was murdered in February 2003.
Both girls had been hit over the head with a hammer.
Levi Bellfield was arrested and convicted of the murders of the two girls.
It was only after that Colin linked Sutton Bellfield to the death of Milly Dowler, 13.
She was murdered on her way home from school in March 2002, but her body was not found until six months later.
Bellfield eventually confessed to raping and torturing her before strangling her the next day.
In 2011, the monster was sentenced to life imprisonment for its brutal crimes.
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DCI Suttons Manhunt 2 ‘Night Stalker’ case
Manhunt: The Night Stalker is based on the police hunt down Britain’s most prolific rapist, Delroy Grant.
He was very polite – almost charming
His victims were between 68 and 93 years old and were often in poor physical or mental health.
The rapist broke into houses with a balaclava and gloves, smashed windows or removed the panes of glass.
He turned off the electricity and disconnected the phone lines before committing horrific acts of violence.
The victims recounted how the Manhunt monster Delroy Grant spoke to them in a whisper and even kissed them gently.
It wasn’t until 1998 that a separate unit was set up to catch him.
How did DCI Colin Sutton get Delroy Grant?
In 2009, DCI Colin Sutton was drafted after Delroy released Grant to further crimes after a series of police failures.
He was finally on camera in August 2009 after breaking into an 88-year-old Pole at Thornton Heath.
He used the victim’s debit card at an ATM but entered the wrong PIN.
Two months later, he used the same ATM after an elderly woman broke in.
In October 2009, the MET flooded Shirley in south London, one of the Night Stalker’s favorite areas, with 70 undercover officers.
In the early hours of Sunday, November 15, 2009, Grant was finally arrested for perpetrating another break-in.
Colin Sutton of Manhunt said that East Anglian Times: “As individuals, they couldn’t be more different.
“Levi Bellfield is simply the most terrifying, evil, self-centered, and manipulative person I have ever met.
“Really, really self-centered and self-centered and would never do anything unless it was for him.
“His friends and family we spoke to said, ‘We always knew Levi was a fake’ un ‘. It was just a matter of time ”.
“However, when we spoke to Delroy Grant’s friends and family, they said, ‘Not Delroy. It can’t be Delroy. He is the mainstay of the cricket team. He has a disabled wife to look after. ‘
“He was very polite – almost charming.”
Manhunt: Colin Sutton’s other high profile cases
DCI Sutton was the chief officer at the scene after the death of MI6 code breaker Gareth Williams in August 2010.
Gareth’s body was found in a locked travel bag in the bathroom of his apartment in Pimlico in 2010.
This year, the Met police reopened the investigation after some new leads came to light.
Manhunt’s Colin Sutton was also involved in the re-investigation into the deaths of four soldiers at Deepcut Barracks.
The death of the 17-20 year old was declared a suicide, but their families disagreed.
His work led to a public inquiry which concluded that the British Army had failed to fulfill its duty of care towards the young apprentices.
Wanted: Where’s Colin Sutton Now?
DCI Colin Sutton retired in 2011, moved to Mid-Suffolk and is a media consultant.
He made a documentary for Sky True Crime called The Real Manhunter and has hinted at a second.
And also Manhunt: He’s already seen The Night Stalker.
He said, “We have four hours this time, four episodes this time, and it’s all about the Night Stalker case.
“In a way, I think it’s a better one – obviously I’ve seen it – and I think it’s a better drama than the first, so I really hope it goes well.”
Colin Sutton wrote two books on his most famous cases – Manhunt: The Night Stalker: How I Bred Delroy Grant to Court.
Also Manhunt: The Real Story Behind the hit TV drama about Levi Bellfield and the murder of Milly Dowler.
Martin Clunes portrays Colin Sutton in both Manhunt series on ITV1.
Manhunt: The Night Stalker starts on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV1.
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