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Aug. 26, 2021

S03E11 - Special (Part 1) - The Murder of Ellie Butler

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In the season 3 special of British Murders, I tell the tragic story of the preventable death of 6-year-old Ellie May Butler.⁣

In February 2007, when she was just 6 weeks old, Ellie was rushed to hospital with retinal haemorrhages, a subdural haemorrhage and swelling on the brain.⁣

Her father, Ben Butler, was arrested and Ellie ⁣
went to live with her maternal grandparents for the next 5 years.⁣

In November 2012, Ellie was ordered back into the custody of her birth parents by High Court Judge Mary Hogg.⁣

On October 28, 2013, less than a year later, Ellie was murdered at home by her father.⁣

In the first episode of this 2 part special, we'll be focusing on the events leading up to Ellie’s death.⁣
Next week, we'll discuss the events that occurred in the aftermath of Ellie’s death.⁣

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

My recording equipment:
Shure SM7B Vocal Microphone
Cloud Microphone Cloudlifter CL1
Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface
Rode PSA-1 Professional Studio Boom Arm

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