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Aug. 5, 2021

S03E09 - “Devilman” David Harker (The Murder of Julie Paterson)

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In the ninth episode of British Murders Season 3, I tell the story of "Devilman" David Harker.⁣⁣
In April 1998, David Harker killed Julie Paterson in his flat by strangulation.⁣⁣
He then claimed to have cut off some flesh from Julie's thigh, fried it in garlic butter and ate it with pasta.⁣
David also claimed to be a necrophiliac and told psychiatrists he'd had sex with Julie's corpse before wiping it down with bleach and sawing off her head and limbs.⁣

To this day, Julie Paterson's head, arms and legs have never been found.⁣
David Harker pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 14 years.⁣⁣

Thank you Caiti Morris for suggesting this case.

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Intro music:
David John Brady - 'Throw Down the Gauntlet'

My recording equipment:
Shure SM57 Dynamic Mic
Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface

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