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Code Of A Killer viewers ‘sickened’ knowing Colin Pitchfork is now a free man

The drama gained extra significance

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Code Of A Killer viewers have been left “sickened” after realising that child killer Colin Pitchfork is now walking free after being released from jail.

The two-part ITV drama tells the story of the investigation that brought him to justice.

John Simm and David Threlfall
John Simm and David Threlfall star in Code of a Killer (Credit: ITV1)

ITV drama Code Of A Killer

Code Of A Killer stars David Threlfall and John Simm as a detective and forensic scientist respectively.

Together they team up on a horrifying case – that of the rape and murder of two teenage girls in rural Leicestershire in the 1980s.

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DCS David Baker (Thewlis) approached scientific whizz Alec Jeffreys (Simm) to try to find the culprit.

Subsequently, Jeffreys used pioneering DNA techniques to help in the manhunt.

The drama, originally shown in 2015, gained greater significance this time around.

That’s because the killer, Colin Pitchfork, became a free man on September 1 after 28 years in jail.

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How have viewers reacted to Code Of A Killer?

Viewers have taken to Twitter to express their horror after realising that Colin Pitchfork is now free.

One fumed: “Sickening to think the repugnant monster who did these heinous crimes now walks the streets as a free man #codeofakiller.”

Another said: “#codeofakiller is a must watch.

“Ground-breaking genetic discoveries and harrowing real-life events portrayed sensitively by David Threlfall and John Simm.

“Now even more poignant since Colin Pitchfork is free from prison.”

A third wrote: “Has an extra layer of horror knowing the killer is out of jail & probably sitting on his sofa watching it.

“A psychopathic personality disorder accompanied with a serious psycho sexual pathology.’

“No justice for Lynda & Dawn #CodeOfAKiller #LifeShouldMeanLife.”

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Colin Pitchfork in 1987 (Credit: ITV)

What did Colin Pitchfork do?

In 1983, 15-year-old Lydia Mann was raped and murdered in Narborough, Leicestershire.

She was returning home after finishing a babysitting shift.

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Tragically, fifteen-year-old Dawn Ashworth perished in similar circumstances in 1986.

Colin Pitchfork, who lived in a neighbouring village, received a minimum term of 30 years.

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