To Catch a Se­rial Killer with Trevor McDon­ald

How dou­ble mur­derer Christo­pher Hal­li­well was fi­nally brought to jus­tice…

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Early in the morn­ing of 19 March 2011, 22-yearold Sian O’Callaghan dis­ap­peared after a night out with friends in Swin­don. Although Wilt­shire Po­lice launched an in­quiry, their only lead was grainy CCTV footage.

For­tu­nately, it re­vealed a vi­tal clue. It showed Sian walk­ing di­rectly into the head­lights of a ve­hi­cle, which was iden­ti­fied as a Toy­ota Aven­sis be­long­ing to taxi driver Christo­pher Hal­li­well, who was later ar­rested un­der sus­pi­cion of kid­nap.

‘The prin­ci­ple ques­tion was, is Sian still alive?’ says for­mer Det Supt Steve Fulcher, who led the in­quiry. ‘All I could do was plead with him for her life.’

Two vic­tims

Steve talks about the case in a doc­u­men­tary this week, in which Trevor McDon­ald finds out how Hal­li­well was brought to jus­tice.

Hal­li­well drove of­fi­cers to a re­mote road near Uff­in­g­ton, in

Ox­ford­shire, where they found Sian’s body. In a bizarre twist, he then led them to the spot where he’d buried a sec­ond vic­tim – 20-year-old Becky God­den, who’d gone miss­ing in 2003.

De­spite his grave­side con­fes­sion, Hal­li­well re­fused to co­op­er­ate and it be­came the po­lice’s word against his. But in 2012, he was found guilty of Sian’s mur­der, and then of Becky’s in 2016,

after soil sam­ples that were found on a spade placed him in the field where she was found.

Se­ri­ous mis­takes

Be­cause Steve had breached po­lice rules by not cau­tion­ing Hal­li­well or of­fer­ing him ac­cess to a so­lic­i­tor, in 2014 he was found guilty of gross mis­con­duct. But he in­sists that what he did was right.

‘I’ve brought two daugh­ters back to their moth­ers and pre­vented other vic­tims,’ he says. ‘But for my course of ac­tion, Hal­li­well would still be walk­ing the streets.’

On the case… Steve FulcherTer­ri­fy­ing… Hal­li­well (left) tar­geted Sian onher way home

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