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May 25, 2023

S09E08 | Thomas Shanks | The Murder of Vickie Fletcher

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In this episode, I tell the story of Thomas Shanks and Vickie Fletcher.


On May 7, 1998, 47-year-old former SAS soldier Thomas Shanks murdered his ex-girlfriend Vickie Fletcher whilst the 21-year-old was on a night out with her friends in Castleford, West Yorkshire.


After using an AK-47 to fire multiple shots at Vickie, Thomas fled to Scotland, where he was arrested the following day.


His first murder trial ended in May 1999, with the jury unable to reach a verdict. A subsequent trial occurred in early 2000, with Thomas being found guilty of murder on April 19.


Mr Justice Jowitt handed him a life sentence, and he received a minimum term of 18 years in 2008 when the law changed regarding minimum tariffs.


As of November 2017, Thomas Shanks is a free man, with some sources suspecting that he has returned to his native Scotland.


Intro music:⁣

David John Brady - 'Throw Down the Gauntlet'⁣⁣



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