Catching a Serial Killer: My hunt for murderer Christopher Halliwell, subject of the ITV series A Confession

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Random House, Jun 22, 2017 - True Crime - 320 pages

The true story behind the ITV series, A Confession

'The gripping allure of long-form podcasts, such as Serial' Observer

On the evening of Saturday, 19 March 2011, D.S. Stephen Fulcher receives a life-changing call that thrusts him into a race against the clock to save missing 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan, who was last seen at a nightclub in Swindon. Steve knows from experience that he has a small window of time to find Sian alive, but his hopes are quickly dashed when his investigation leads him to Christopher Halliwell, a cabbie with sick obsessions.

Following the investigation as it develops hour-by-hour, Steve’s gripping inside story of the cat-and-mouse situation that ensues shows how he hunted down Halliwell – his number-one suspect – which led him to the discovery of Sian’s body and another victim, Becky Godden-Edwards, who had been missing since 2002. The murders shocked the nation and Halliwell become one of the most hated men in Britain. Since then, he has been linked to several murders and disappearances, and has been called 'sick in the head' by an ex-cellmate for his unrelenting hatred of women.

Catching a Serial Killer is a thrilling, devastating and absorbing look at a real-life murder case and potentially one of the UK’s most prolific serial killers.


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This story reads like a thriller as it recounts the investigation into and ultimate incarceration of Chris Halliwell, taxi driver from Swindon, who was found responsible for the murder of Sian O ... Read full review

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If you are an ex-police officer this book will keep you up until 3am like it did me. Stephen Fulcher's urgent interview with Christopher Halliwell is amongst the finest pieces of police work that I have ever heard about. Sadly it was later judged by senior police officers and lawyers who frankly had never been in that position, do not have the detective's nouse that Fulcher has and quite frankly aren't fit to lace his boots either as a police officer or human being. Thank God he did what he did, it's a crime that he didn't receive his pension or the QPM that he so richly deserved. Hats off to his wife for coming up with the solution, such a shame that one of the finest officers of his generation had to leave the job. I'd love to know who the senior officer was who said "Comply with PACE, who cares about the victims?" and it's a pity that "Mr Smith" was referred to by pseudonym. He must be very proud of the advice that he dispenses. I'd sooner clean toilets than do criminal defence work. 

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Stephen Fulcher was born and bred in Coventry. He joined the police force in 1986 and rose through the ranks to become a detective superintendent, working for Sussex CID, Special Branch at Gatwick and the Force Intelligence Bureau before joining Wiltshire Police in 2003. During his time in the force he helped solve countless major crime cases, leading many as the senior investigating officer, and received three crown court commendations and one chief constable’s commendation. He holds a master’s degree in applied criminology and police management from Cambridge University. Having now left the police force, Steve works with UK government agencies, training local police officers in political hotspots such as Libya and Somalia. This is his first book.

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