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Catching Britain's Killers

Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us

Three murder investigations and their extraordinary consequences which overturned laws, transformed police interrogation and revolutionised forensic detection.

About the programme

The stories of three murder investigations and their extraordinary consequences, which overturned laws, transformed police interrogation and revolutionised forensic detection. 

To find out more about this programme, you can go to the BBC website.

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Catching Britain's Killers, BBC Series


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Paul Cately, Head of law, The OU
Paul CatleyHead of Law SchoolVIEW FULL PROFILE
Paul Cately, Head of law, The OU
Paul CatleyHead of Law School

Most of Paul's research has been crime related and includes publications on policing, CCTV, criminal law defences and the use of science in criminal cases. Paul is the leader of undergraduate modules on (1) Crime and Society, (2) Civil Liberties and Human Rights, (3) Criminal Evidence and (4) Legal Process. He is also leader of postgraduate modules on: (1) Crime and Society (2) Issues in Policing and (3) Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System. Paul also wrote the Open University undergraduate materials on Criminal Law, prosecutor discretion and miscarriages of justice for the 'Law: Concepts and perspectives module' and the materials on sexual offences, corporate manslaughter and law reform for the 'Public law and criminal law' module.

Dr Zoe WalkingtonSenior Lecturer, Psychology - Deputy Director for Learning, Centre for Policing Research and Learning. VIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Zoe WalkingtonSenior Lecturer, Psychology - Deputy Director for Learning, Centre for Policing Research and Learning.

I have worked as a full time psychology lecturer since 2003, and I started working with the Open University as an Associate Lecturer in 2004. In 2013 I obtained my PhD in Forensic Psychology at the University of Liverpool, and I obtained a position working full time for the Open University as a Staff Tutor in late 2014.

I am currently working on the Citizen Forensics project grant which looks at how Citizens can collaborate with police and other services through online tools. 

My other research interests include; how narrative strategy and interviewee bias can influence investigative interviewing - and the impacts that reading can have on individuals psychologically, and how story can be used to 'create' or inform individuals identity. For example, how police identity is created and shaped on Facebook sites. 

Dr Matthew Jones Director of Policing Organisation and Practice - The Open University Business SchoolVIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Matthew Jones Director of Policing Organisation and Practice - The Open University Business School

Matthew leads a team of interdisciplinary academics who design and deliver policing programmes at the Open University. He is the Chair of the British Society of Criminology Policing Network – a national network of academics with expertise in policing research. A social scientist, Matthew’s research interests include police culture and its impact, police governance and accountability, police education and training, police use of social media and contemporary intersections between sexuality and crime/criminal justice.

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