Catching Melanie's Killer: Our true crime podcast about the 32-year-old mystery of schoolgirl Melanie Road's murder

It was a story which gripped the nation - the murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl on the streets of Bath.

Melanie Road was found stabbed in the city in 1984. What followed was an investigation which touched the hearts of many and consumed the lives of the detectives who worked on it.

But it would not be until 32 years later that Melanie's murder would be solved and her family would finally get the answers they craved.

In a new true crime podcast from ITV News, Catching Melanie's Killer explores the inside story of how detectives brought her killer to justice.

Across eight episodes - with rare and revealing interviews - we have deathbed confessions, and scientific leads which prove to be too good to be true.

The podcast hears from the detectives involved and Melanie's family. It describes the wrong-turns, the false leads and fading hopes of a group of detectives who were told by a chief constable to drop the case.

It culminates in a moment of courtroom drama when Melanie's family confront the killer and lay bare what it's been like living with unanswered questions for three decades.

Two new episodes will be released every Tuesday between 12 January and 2 February.

Scroll down for a guide to each episode.


Listen to 'Catching Melanie's Killer' below - or listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


Episode 1: All Hell Let Loose

How do you find a killer from the past? 9 June, 1984. 17 year-old schoolgirl Melanie Road is murdered while walking home after a night out in the tourist city of Bath. Robert Murphy learns how a murderer appeared in the night, killed this popular, bright student and disappeared. Leaving clues which detectives would pore over for decades.

Episode 2: Green Blood on Camden Crescent

A nationwide manhunt begins for the killer of schoolgirl Melanie Road. In the hours after the murder, a blood trail is discovered by detectives. Cold Case investigator Julie Mackay takes Robert Murphy back to the scene to describe how this gave police in 1984 their first clues. Inquiries start to stretch from this small city all over the world.

Episode 3: Another Melanie

Has the killer of Melanie Road struck again? Police look at similarities between the stabbing of schoolgirl Melanie Road in June 1984 and the disappearance of a young mother two days afterwards. And years into the future, police ask chilling questions when another woman called Melanie disappears. She vanishes from the same city on the same date as Melanie Road was killed.

Episode 4: One More Knock

Julie Mackay takes control of the cold case inquiry into the death of Melanie Road. She hears about a man’s deathbed confession. But how can detectives prove he really is the murderer of Melanie Road? And 26 years after the killing, a witness comes forward offering explosive new evidence.

Episode 5 - The Ipswich Screamer

Scientists tell Julie Mackay and her cold case team they have an incredible DNA lead in the hunt for the killer of Melanie Road. But will it take the team on the right track? Julie builds a deep friendship with the mother of the murder victim. A forensic review reveals a fingerprint on Melanie Road’s shoe. But as this lead emerges, the Government is destroying old fingerprint records which may help solve this case.

Episode 6 - Lost Papers

Melanie Road’s mother writes a letter to the people of Bath asking them to search their memories and consciences as the 30th anniversary of the killing approaches. Cold case investigator Julie Mackay is told to drop the inquiry. And the team continues to search in the UK and abroad for the schoolgirl’s murderer.