Karen Matthews was jailed after her daughter Shannon, then aged nine, was held captive, drugged and tethered with a rope. With her secret boyfriend, Matthews hatched the kidnap plot in order to claim a £50,000 newspaper reward. Shannon’s 24-day disappearance in Dewsbury Moor in February 2008 led to the biggest police manhunt in West Yorkshire for 30 years, involving 300 officers and costing £3million.
Faking It: Tears of a Crime airs Friday at 10pm!
The two part series investigates the criminals who not only thought they’d got away with unimaginable crimes, but used the national press to portray themselves as grieving victims. Analysing high-profile cases are experts who reveal the tell-tale signs that proved guilt.
The highly rated documentary series looks at the phenomenon of high profile criminal cases where people attempted to publicly feign innocence for the crime they had committed. Body language and lie detection experts analyse the cases of Mick Philpott, found guilty of causing the death of six of his children by arson, Karen Matthews, Mitchell Quy and Stuart Hazel, pointing out the riveting tell-tale signs to their guilt.
A new six-part series of ‘Faking it’ is being filmed in May 2017