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Sept. 30, 2021

S04E01 - Olga Freeman (The Murder of Dylan Freeman)


In the first episode of British Murders Season 4, I tell the tragic story of Olga Freeman and her son Dylan Freeman.⁣

During the UK's first Coronavirus lockdown, Olga Freeman, who had a history of suffering from depression and anxiety, had a complete mental breakdown.⁣

Her son, Dylan, who had been diagnosed with autism, global neurodevelopmental delay, progressive myopia and significant difficulties with language and communication, self-help and independence, required around the clock care.⁣

After Dylan's special school closed during the first national lockdown and Olga was only receiving around 12 hours a week's worth of assistance from her friend to help care for her son, Olga was at her wits’ end.⁣

On August 15, 2020, Olga killed Dylan, placed his body where he liked to sleep and surrounded him with his toys.⁣

On February 11, 2021, Olga was handed a hospital order without a limit of time, which means she will be detained in a psychiatric hospital indefinitely.⁣

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References:

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Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. (2021, February). Admission to hospital by a hospital order with restrictions (Sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act 1983). The Patient Information Centre. https://www.cntw.nhs.uk/content/uploads/2021/02/Section-3741.pdf

Dylan Freeman: Murder accused mum “admitted killing.” (2020, August 25). BBC News. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-53904823

Dylan Freeman: Murder accused mum’s son “died from restricted airways.” (2020, August 19). BBC News. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-53833604

Kirk, T. (2021a, January 25). Ex-wife of celebrity photographer admits killing disabled son when vital care was withdrawn during lockdown. Evening Standard. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/olga-freeman-guilty-killing-disabled-son-acton-b900984.html

Kirk, T. (2021b, February 11). Olga Freeman: Mum who killed son in lockdown breakdown given indefinite hospital detention. Evening Standard. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/lockdown-mental-health-olga-freeman-killed-son-dean-freeman-b919420.html

Menendez, E. (2020, August 17). Mother, 40, charged with murder of son, 10. Metro. https://metro.co.uk/2020/08/17/mother-40-charged-murder-son-10-13137696/

Mother who suffocated disabled son sentenced to indefinite hospital order. (2021, February 11). Sky News. https://news.sky.com/story/mother-who-suffocated-disabled-son-sentenced-to-indefinite-hospital-order-12215166

Quinn, B. (2021, February 11). UK woman who killed disabled son detained in hospital indefinitely. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/feb/11/olga-freeman-uk-woman-who-killed-disabled-son-detained-in-hospital-indefinitely

Sales, D., Chaudhary, V., Duell, M., & Odling, G. (2020, August 17). Mother charged with murdering her autistic son, 10, is pictured arriving at court as her ex-husband the Celebrity photographer Dean Freeman pays tribute to his ’beautiful and “bright” boy. Mail Online. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8634447/Woman-40-charged-murdering-celebrity-photographers-10-year-old-disabled-son.html

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Tyler, A. (2020, August 17). Who is Olga Freeman? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Charged, Killing a Boy, Arrested, Investigation Report. Wikibious. https://wikibious.com/olga-freeman/