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Jan. 20, 2022

S05E01 - Russell Bishop (The ‘Babes in the Wood’ Murders of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway)

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In the first episode of British Murders Season 5, I tell the tragic story of the ‘Babes in the Wood’ murders.⁣
On October 9, 1986, a 20-year-old man named Russell Bishop sexually assaulted and strangled two 9-year-old girls named Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway.⁣

He was arrested, taken to trial and acquitted in 1987.⁣
In 1990, Bishop went on to sexually assault a 7-year-old girl, leaving her for dead.⁣
This time, the girl survived, and Bishop was handed a life sentence with a minimum term to serve of 14 years.⁣
Due to advances in technology and the passing of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, Bishop was retaken to trial in 2018 and found guilty of the murders of Nicola and Karen.⁣

He was handed two life sentences with a minimum term to serve of 36 years.⁣

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:

Recorded using:

Edited in:
DaVinci Resolve 17

Mastered in:

You can purchase 'The Serial Killer's Book of Haiku 2' by Rose Bundy here:

You can purchase 'Babes in the Wood: Two girls murdered. A guilty man walks free. Can the police get justice?' by Graham Bartlett with Peter James here:


Bartlett, G., & James, P. (2020). Babes in the Wood. Macmillan Publishers.