The sad murder of young mother Rachel Nickel on Wimbledon Common on a summers afternoon in 1992. On ITV now. So sad that her two year old son witnessed it and was found clinging to her body. How wrong the Police were to arrest Colin Stagg with no real evidence. Although he did come across as a real oddball. Still watching it on record, it was actually Robert Napper who did it. He got away with it for so long too.
I lived very close to where this happened at the time and it was a horrific tragedy, so shocking. I regularly saw Colin Stagg before he was wrongly charged as he lived on an estate close to where I lived. I can still remember the disbelief we all felt when this happened and the horror that poor little boy went through
The forensic team found a tiny piece of hair upon the toddlers hat and kept it in 1992. In 2004 the DNA findings were tested again and Robert Nappers DNA was found from a hair from his toolbox which somehow ended up on Alex's hat?
I'm just watching it now. I really do feel for CS. He clearly hadn't had an easy life even before he was accused. After he was acquitted he came out of court and just looked utterly terrified of the crowd.
Just an awful, awful thing to happen. I love near Wimbledon Common and never go there without thinking of poor Rachel and her child.
I remember when Colin Stagg was arrested and my mum saying she didn't believe he did it, as he obviously cared for his dogs so much. And nobody who loves an animal as much as he clearly did would be capable of such a crime.