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Social Media Murders

  • Episode:

    1 of 3

  • Title:

    The Murder of Grace Millane: Social Media Murders

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 15 Nov 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 46 2021 : Sat 13 Nov - Fri 19 Nov

  • Channel:

    ITV2

  • Published:

    Fri 12 Nov 2021

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Social Media Murders

Series Overview

Social Media Murders - a new true-crime series for ITV2 and ITV Hub - brings together three films airing over consecutive nights, each focusing on a shocking real crime that resulted in the death of a young person. Linking each of the films is the unsettling role social media played in bringing together the culprit and the victim. 

Providing a compelling yet cautionary insight into the experiences of young people affected by disturbing 21st century crime, these three films put the victim at the centre of the narrative alongside material obtained from social media accounts and mobile phones which will immerse viewers in the events as they unfolded. 

The three films are The Murder of Grace Millane (made by Firecracker Films), The Murder of Alex Rodda (made by Crackit Productions), and The Murder of Molly McLaren (made by Knickerbockerglory Productions). 

Episode 1

The Murder of Grace Millane: Social Media Murders

This new film made by Firecracker Films exclusively for ITV2 and ITV Hub tells the tragic and disturbing story of 22 year-old Grace Millane, a British backpacker who went missing while on a Tinder date in Auckland in 2018. A week after Grace’s disappearance 26 year-old Jesse Kempson was arrested and later convicted of Grace’s murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. 

After university Grace embarked on the adventure of a lifetime travelling to South America and then New Zealand. The night before her 22nd birthday Grace arranged to meet Jesse Kempson for a date - the pair had met via Tinder. 

Raising questions around women’s safety, this film documents the night of Grace’s disappearance, the subsequent search for her, the arrest of Jesse, the court case that followed and ultimately the role that a dating app played in bringing these two individuals together. 

Exclusive interviews with the investigators closest to the case combined with both revealing police interview footage with the culprit Jesse Kempson and CCTV footage tell the story of a truly chilling case that sparked worldwide media attention. 

Other individuals also speak for the first time including Grace’s friends, a fellow traveler and former flat-mate of Jesse Kempson as she recounts her own experience of knowing the cold-blooded killer and the suspicions she had of him prior to this event.

Kempson’s ‘rough sex defence’ otherwise known as the ‘50 shades of grey defence’ is also explored during this documentary, and how this case in particular inspired a change in British law.