Free ↠ Manhunt: The true story behind the hit TV drama about Levi Bellfield and the murder of Milly Dowler By Colin Sutton –

NOW A MAJOR TV DRAMA STARRING MARTIN CLUNES What Does It Take To Catch One Of Britain S Most Feared Killers Levi Bellfield Is One Of The Most Notorious British Serial Killers Of The Last Fifty Years His Name Alone Evokes Horror And Revulsion, After His String Of Brutal Murders In The Early 2000s At 3 07pm On 21st March, 2002, Milly Dowler Left Her School In Surrey For The Last Time Less Than An Hour Later, She Was To Be Abducted And Murdered In The Cruellest Fashion, Sparking A Missing Person Investigation That Would Span Months Before Her Body Was Found In The Two Years That Followed, Two Young Women Marsha McDonnell And Then Am Lie Delagrange Were Murdered In Unspeakably Brutal Attacks Yet With Three Murdered Women On Their Hands, And Few Leads Open To Them, Investigating Officers Were Running Out Of Ideas And Options, Until SIO Colin Sutton Was Drafted Into The Investigation For The Murder Of Delagrange Seeing A Connection Between The Three Women, And Thriving Under The Pressure Of A Serial Killer Hunt, Sutton Was Finally Able To Bring Their Murderer To Justice After The Case Had Begun To Seem Hopeless Manhunt Tells The Story Of How He Led The Charge To Find A Mystery Killer, Against The Clock And Against The Odds Day By Day And Lead By Lead At Once A Gripping Police Procedural, And An Insight Into The Life Of An Evil Man, This Is The Story Behind What It Takes To Track Down A Shockingly Violent Murderer Before He Strikes Again. I thought that the TV miniseries docudrama starring Martin Clunes was excellent, although it never had the suspense of the Night Manager, Bodyguard or Killing Eve When I saw that it was coming out on Kindle I pre ordered it, and it was delivered the following day.The book reads rather like a transcription of something that Colin Sutton might have dictated and then tidied up later, rather than a well constructed detective story That s an observation of fact, not a criticism There are a few things that bother me now that I ve read it and seen the miniseries.First of all, Sutton makes a dig at the size of Belfield s genitalia when strip searched, but whatever the size, Bellfield appears to have fathered 11 children and I imagine that very few of the rest of us have I suppose that means that size doesn t matter much It also means that Bellfield s DNA is contaminating the gene pool even though the man is safely locked away Personally, given his convictions for a series of truly wicked crimes I m rather aghast as a taxpayer to be being told that he must be supported, fed and clothed at public expense Justice is not served in the way that an execution would.Justice is also not served by the way that several elements of prosecution had to be abandoned because of the behaviour of the media Given that there was a deal with the News of the World to have a reporter present at Bellfield s arrest, and the News of the World s reporters were implicated in the Millie Dowler phone hacking, perhaps one shouldn t be surprised that the Surrey Police were not Sutton s best friends.The book itself also makes one worried about the behaviour of the police Inevitably, in hindsight, one can see where mistakes were made Like it or not, they were inevitable It hadn t crossed my mind though, that the police manipulated overtime payments on a big scale Frankly I didn t believe Sutton s protestations that he was in it to catch the bad guys when he left the police after only 30 years service on a full pension Police pensions are pretty good, and I for one would fully support the idea that a frontline copper who has to chase over fences and get into physical situations with violent criminals is probably over the top at 50 and deserves a great pension, but Sutton, a graduate with what is basically an office job with the occasional site visit, could easily make use of hard earned skills well into his 60s.The final thing that makes me worry about the police isn t Sutton s grievance at the hands of Sir Ian Blair, but his suggestion that Bellfield had some sort of guardian accomplice in the Met If that doesn t worry every viewer and reader, then perhaps it should Do we have a copper on the make, or one being blackmailed Frankly, the police could use some of their time usefully catching the rotten apples Maybe Sutton could come out of retirement and do it Then Bellfield could share a cell with his chum, and justice would be served Colin Sutton could then write the sequel Like many of the other readers, I watched the dramatised ITV miniseries Manhunt with Martin Clunes Finishing this book made me realise what a fantastic job the screenwriter did on that, to successfully encapsulate four years of police work in just three hours of compelling screen time I don t feel this book reaches those same heights.Although the content is fascinating in parts, it takes a while to get going, and I nearly gave up I d advise you to just skip to chapter four if, like me, you have a short attention span All of the start could have been cut, and so could the police reports and transcripts even if the author may have felt these needed to have been preserved for posterity.The details around how the cases against Levi Bellfield were constructed and tried are really interesting, but much of the SIO work seems for the most part quite dull involving meetings, policy decisions, staffing and office space issues I would have been interested to read the author s tips from a management point of view How did he get a team of seventy officers working together as one well oiled machine Perhaps that s something he will look at in the future He clearly has a special knack of getting people to pull together under his command.In summary this book is a curate s egg Flashes of brilliance amongst a sea of grey I would assume, much like the police work that went into catching and trying the accused.