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Dark Son   

Series 1: 3x60/1x90 | HD | 2018
Production Company
Monster Films
Primary Broadcaster
BBC Four

The people of Abertillery call them, ‘the children sleeping on the hill.’ The names of Freda Burnell (8 years old), Florence Little (11 years old), can still just about be read on the weathered tombstones. Resting side by side, they didn’t’ die of natural causes. The young school friends were murdered a few months apart, by the same killer – a local boy called Harold Jones.

For decades, the people of Abertillery have remained largely silent about the crimes committed by the man, the older generation refer to as their Dark Son. But, with the passage of time and a growing body of evidence that Jones may have gone on to commit many other murders, townsfolk are coming forward with their stories - and vital new information about Harold jones.

In this new landmark tv programme, supported by a team of leading forensic experts, the people of Abertillery will turn sleuths and look to answer the question, did Harold Jones go on to become a Serial Killer?

Episode 1

Two innocent children murdered six weeks apart by the same boy – fifteen-year-old Harold Jones. These killings are amongst the most calculated and sadistic ever committed by a child in the UK, with Jones expressing a particularly warped fascination with the mouths of his victims. The murders are examined and the crime scenes revisited.

Episode 2

Eight women murdered in 14 months. The worst serial killer to strike the UK since his namesake Jack the Ripper. All the women were prostitutes stripped naked and choked to death by having their underwear stuffed in their mouths, the killer then removed their teeth as trophies. The story made headlines across the country but is largely forgotten today. Why?

Episode 3

In the middle of all the murders lived a shy and unassuming family man. His name was Harold Jones. A mere coincidence? The country’s leading geographic profiler and forensic psychologist create a murder map and try to see if Jones movements correlate with the crimes and the spotlight is firmly placed on him.