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Susanna Reid: Death row documentary saw presenter receive ’emotional support’

She interviewed death row inmate Darlie Routier

Susanna Reid received ’emotional support’ over her death row documentary, the daytime TV favourite has revealed.

In her programme, Death Row’s Women with Susanna Reid, the Good Morning Britain presenter travels to Texas to meet Darlie Routier, who denies killing her two young sons.

Speaking about the inmate and filming the show earlier this week on Loose Women, the TV host admitted getting support from the production team as it was a “very emotional experience”.

Susanna Reid speaking about her death row documentary on Loose Women
The GMB host chatted about her death row doc on Loose Women (Credit ITV)

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She said of her documentary, speaking to Ruth Langsford and the rest of the Loose Women panel: “[It was] pre-covid and an utterly chilling experience.

“I was on death row meeting a notorious killer, Darlie Routier. Now, she was 26 years old back in 1996 and the story, as she tells it, is that she woke up one night with her wounded five-year-old child pressing on her shoulder.

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“She wakes up at home to see an absolutely bloodied scene; her six-year-old son has been brutally murdered, her five-year-old dies shortly after he’s taken to hospital. She [has a slash] across the throat and says an intruder burst into her home just outside Dallas, murdered her two children and tried to kill her.”

Susanna Reid speaking about her death row documentary on Loose Women
Judi Love asked Susanna about receiving emotional support (Credit ITV)

Inmate faces death by lethal injection

Susanna went on to explain how the police refuted her claims and a jury found her guilty of murdering her children, with the court sentencing her to death by lethal injection.

When she describes the scene of those two little boys and their bodies, it is such a horrific image.

Susanna continued: “I sat down in front of her, it gives me the chills even now. We are the same age… we are both the mothers of three boys.

“And she says it’s all a terrible mistake, she has been a miscarriage of justice victim, and her surviving son – who is now 25 years old – has been robbed of his mother. Was I sitting in front of a grieving mother, or was I sitting in front of a child murderer?”

A convicted child killer in the new Susanna Reid death row documentary
Susanna chats with convicted child killer Darlie Routier (Credit ITV)

GMB star got ’emotional support’ after Darlie Routier interview

Loose Women presenter Judi Love said: “It’s so chilling what you’re saying to us. And from my background in social work and youth offending I’ve seen some horrific things.

“It makes me want to ask you, were you emotionally supported before and after doing this documentary?”

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Susanna explained: “By the production team, yes, it is a very emotional experience, isn’t it?

“When she describes the scene of those two little boys and their bodies, it is such a horrific image. She was in tears.

“The viewers might think they were crocodile tears, [but] I was so moved by what she was saying, because whether she is guilty or innocent, those two boys lost their lives that night, and that is a really terrible thing to hear and imagine.”

– Death Row’s Women With Susanna Reid airs on ITV at 9pm on Thursday (December 10)

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