Su­sanna gets up close and per­sonal with kids who kill ‘W

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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.

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