Susanna gets up close and personal with kids who kill ‘W
HY did you kill Maddie?” This is the chilling question that Susanna Reid puts to notorious murderer Joshua Phillips, who bludgeoned and stabbed the eight-year-old girl to death when he was just 14.
It was a crime that shocked America, and Joshua was given life without parole for killing his neighbour and friend Maddie Clifton 20 years ago.
A chilling home video, taken by the teenage boy, shows him playing with Maddie just hours before he killed her.
In this shocking film, Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna steps into Sir Trevor McDonald territory as she visits America to meet child murderers.
In America, adult crime means adult time, but a change in the law in 2016 means convicts can now have their sentences re-examined for parole. But should they ever be freed?
Maddie’s family certainly doesn’t think so, and there is emotional testimony here from her mother and sister.
As Joshua’s case comes up for appeal, Maddie’s sister Jessica Clifton says: “She doesn’t get to walk the face of this Earth again, so why should he?”
There is also an interview with Joshua’s mother Melissa Phillips, who describes the horror of finding Maddie’s body stuffed into his water bed while cleaning his bedroom. As Joshua prepares for his hearing, his interview with Susanna makes for compelling viewing.
Susanna also meets Morgan Leppert, described as “the blueeyed devil” who brutally murdered a disabled man when she was 15.
One of the jurors tells Susanna that Morgan is “evil” and should never be released.