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Dec. 9, 2021

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


In the tenth and final episode of British Murders Season 4, I tell the story of James Patterson Smith and Kelly-Anne Bates.⁣⁣⁣
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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.⁣
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Detective Sergeant Joseph Monaghan said he has never seen a case as horrific as this in his 15 years on the police force.⁣
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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'
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Recorded using:
Audacity
Zoom

Edited in:
Audacity
DaVinci Resolve 17

Mastered in:
Auphonic

References:
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BACAS Genealogy - Kelly-Anne Bates. (n.d.). Tameside Metropolitan Borough. Retrieved December 6, 2021, from https://web.tameside.gov.uk/BACAS/GenDecDetails.aspx?ID=350257

Facts about Manchester. (2020, April 21). Visit Manchester. Retrieved December 6, 2021, from https://www.visitmanchester.com/ideas-and-inspiration/blog/read/2020/04/facts-about-manchester-b1179

Murder of Kelly Anne Bates. (2021, November 8). Wikipedia. Retrieved December 6, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kelly_Anne_Bates

Myall, S. (2015, February 22). I wish I’d killed the monster who murdered our daughter the first time I saw him. . . Manchester Evening News. Retrieved December 6, 2021, from https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/wish-id-killed-monster-who-8694736

Our Daughter Was Tortured To Death By Her Sadistic Boyfriend. (n.d.). Crime+Investigation UK. Retrieved December 6, 2021, from https://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/article/our-daughter-was-tortured-to-death-by-her-sadistic-boyfriend

Teen girl `horrifically tortured before her murder’. (1997, November 12). Independent.Ie. Retrieved December 6, 2021, from https://www.independent.ie/world-news/teen-girl-horrifically-tortured-before-her-murder-26202114.html

Teenager’s torture killer gets life. (1997, November 19). Evening Standard, 2. Retrieved from Newspapers.com.

Torture killer jailed for 20 years. (1997, November 20). Independent.Ie. Retrieved December 6, 2021, from https://www.independent.ie/world-news/torture-killer-jailed-for-20-years-26202465.html

Ward, D. (1997, November 12). Girl “blinded and killed.” The Guardian, 9. Retrieved from Newspapers.com.

Ward, D., & Wilson, J. (1997, November 20). Man who tortured girl to death jailed for life. The Guardian, 9. Retrieved from Newspapers.com.