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Dec. 9, 2021

S04E10 - James Patterson Smith (The Murder of Kelly-Anne Bates)

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In the tenth and final episode of British Murders Season 4, I tell the story of James Patterson Smith and Kelly-Anne Bates.⁣⁣⁣
On April 16, 1996, middle-aged James Smith drowned his 17-year-old girlfriend, Kelly-Anne, in the bath.⁣

Kelly-Anne had been brutally tortured by James for around 4 weeks prior to being murdered.⁣
Detective Sergeant Joseph Monaghan said he has never seen a case as horrific as this in his 15 years on the police force.⁣
James Smith was handed a life sentence on November 19, 1997, with a minimum term to serve of 20 years.⁣

This is one of the most brutal cases I’ve ever researched, so prepare yourself before listening.

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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