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Britain's youngest contract killer; the kids who kill in packs; the teens who murder their parents. It's an apparently inexplicable phenomenon, which strikes at the very heart of our humanity; when those we deem to be the most innocent, commit the most evil of crimes. Over the last 50 years, official figures suggest over 1,100 kids were convicted of murder in England and Wales. Police face an average of 22 cases every year. The average age of the killer is just 14 years old. Kids Who Kill is the definitive, chilling survey of Britain's junior murderers.
In this one hour documentary, we tell three detailed stories in forensic detail, developing clear themes at the heart of the film. These three themes taken together reveal why, and how, kids can turn into killers. With each theme we'll drill down into one emblematic story in real detail. And we'll acknowledge other cases in building that story, referencing similarities at key moments and events - as our psychological experts interpret the behaviour and give their insight into how these terrible events occurred, piecing together what's really going on inside young killers' minds.
- Episode Title : Kids Who Kill
- Format : 1 x 60'
- Production company : ITN Productions
- Year of production : 2013
- Commissioning channels : Channel 5