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Death Row 2018 with Trevor McDonald

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    1 of 1

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    Thu 01 Feb 2018
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    9.00pm - 10.00pm
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    Week 05 2018 : Sat 27 Jan - Fri 02 Feb
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Death Row 2018 with Trevor McDonald
Examining some of the some of the biggest criminal cases that have gripped the nation through to methods of apprehension and sentencing, ITV's Crime & Punishment strand returns to ITV for 2018 with six brand new documentaries from February 1st. In the first of two films to be presented by Trevor McDonald, the season opens with a look at life on death row. 
In 2012, Trevor McDonald visited Indiana State Prison’s death row – one of America’s most dangerous maximum-security facilities. Five years on, Trevor returns to find that the prison has built a new death chamber... it could be his last chance to speak to the condemned men he has been unable to forget.
In a stark prison cell Trevor reunites with Ronald Sanford, who was sentenced to 170 years for murdering two elderly women when he was just 13 years old. Their original meeting left Trevor questioning how a teenager could carry out such an horrific crime. This time Sanford opens up about the childhood that, he says, made him primed to kill and why he could commit such heinous acts.
Trevor pays a return visit to the prison barber shop and meets head barber, Rick Pearish, who’s serving life for armed robbery and kidnap. Last time they met, the now 72 year-old man believed he had a chance of being released but five years later he tells Trevor that he’s resigned himself to the fact that he will die behind bars.
Back on the row Trevor discovers tensions are running high and the reason for it is a mutual hatred amongst inmates for child killer and rapist, Frederick Baer. Baer tells Trevor how he’s convinced the other offenders are trying to poison him and one, Benjamin Ritchie, goes a step further and says they would kill Baer if given the chance.   
Amongst the familiar faces, Trevor meets the latest arrival on death row – a serial killer who’s never spoken publicly before. William Gibson is convicted of killing and mutilating three women...and in a climactic encounter gloats to Trevor that there might yet be more victims to be found.
Commenting on his visit to the facility, Trevor says: "“The future of the death penalty remains unclear but it is likely that all the inmates I met will die behind these walls and my memories of them, their wasted lives and the grievous acts they’ve committed will stay with me for all my days.”