The Story Behind the Soham Murders | Part 1

The kidnapping and murder of two 10-year-old best friends, Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells, shocked the close-knit community.

The girls attended St Andrew’s Primary School and shared a deep friendship and a passion for football, with Manchester United being their favorite team.

This two-part documentary by Mark Williams-Thomas takes you into the depths of the Soham tragedy.

On Sunday evening, August 4, they set out to buy candy in town but never returned.

The city desperately banded together to find the missing girls, and during this time police spoke to a man named Ian Huntley, who worked as a school janitor. He claimed to have seen Jessica and Holly on his doorstep and mentioned that they seemed happy during their brief interaction.

Huntley became an informal spokesman for the city and regularly checked in with police to keep abreast of the investigation.

However, as the investigation progressed, suspicions arose about Huntley and his partner Maxine Carr. The turning point in the case came when the lifeless bodies of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells were found two weeks after the girls’ disappearance, bringing a devastating end to the search and confirming the community’s worst fears.

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