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In this episode John tracks down CJ's father and talks to him about being absent from the 14-year-old's life. Host: John Simpson, The Times' crime correspondent. Investigation: If you have something you’d like to tell us you can reac...


On the third anniversary of CJ Davis' death John speaks to the lead investigator in the 14-year-old's murder and reviews the evidence considered in the case. Host: John Simpson, the Times' crime correspondent. Investigation:...


In the latest instalment of the series, we hear from a witness who tried to save 14-year-old CJ Davis after he was shot in a suspected gang killing in east London in 2017.  Host: John Simpson, the Times' crime correspondent. ...


In today's episode we examine the gang culture of east London to look for clues as to what happened to the schoolboy, who was apparently caught up in this murky world. Host: John Simpson, the Times' crime correspondent. Investiga...


CJ Davis was shot dead and killed in east London in 2017. He was 14 years old. Today we explore how he was forced to leave mainstream education and attend a pupil referral unit, precipitating a fall into a criminal world. Host: John Simpson,...


Content warning: Description of suicidal ideation. In the first of a special series on Stories of our times, the Times' crime correspondent John Simpson attempts to work out who killed a 14-year-old boy in broad daylight back in September 2017 i...


CJ Davis was shot dead in broad daylight, September 4th, 2017, in Newham, East London. He was 14 years old. The case remains unsolved. Presented by John Simpson, the crime correspondent for The Times, this is a special series looking at what happen...


Finally Stephen gets his day in court to appeal his conviction for the murder of Wendy Sewell. The police launch a major new investigation and serious doubts are raised over Don Hale’s investigation...


Who is the real Stephen Downing? Why were the police so quick to point the finger at him for the brutal Murder of Wendy Sewell, and why did so many of the townspeople seem unsurprised to hear suggestions that he had attacked a woman? We hear about Stephen as a boy, and how growing up in prison shaped the man he became.


Don Hale joins forces with TV and national news teams to generate international attention for his campaign for the release of Stephen Downing. His tactics uncover some vital evidence, gain the support of the government - and Prime Minister Tony Blair - but have some unfortunate consequences in Bakewell.


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