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Nov. 11, 2021

S04E06 - Colin Cheetham (The Murder of Stuart Ludlam)


In the sixth episode of British Murders Season 4, I tell the story of Colin Cheetham and Stuart Ludlam.⁣⁣
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Gun enthusiast Cheetham had always dreamed of committing the perfect murder with a complete stranger as his victim.

On September 17, 2009, his dream came true as he shot and killed 43-year-old taxi driver Stuart Ludlam at Cromford Railway Station.

Cheetham had zero connection to Ludlam, and most frightening of all, there was zero motive behind the killing.

Cheetham was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2010 with a minimum term of 30 years.
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He died at HMP Wakefield on May 1, 2020, at the age of 71.

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References:

Bowcott, O. (2010, June 30). Gun fanatic jailed for 30 years for murder of taxi driver. The Guardian. Retrieved November 7, 2021, from https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/jun/30/gun-fanatic-colin-cheetham

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Colin Cheetham: Taxi driver murderer dies in prison. (2020, May 26). BBC News. Retrieved November 7, 2021, from https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-52799080

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