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Social Media Murders

  • Episode:

    2 of 3

  • Title:

    The Murder of Alex Rodda: Social Media Murders

  • Transmission (TX):

    Tue 16 Nov 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 46 2021 : Sat 13 Nov - Fri 19 Nov

  • Channel:

    ITV2

  • Published:

    Wed 03 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 2

The Murder of Alex Rodda: Social Media Murders

“Without social media, I suspect Alex would still be alive now.” - Adam Rodda (Alex’s Father)

This new film made by Crackit Productions exclusively for ITV2 and ITV Hub explores the case of Alex Rodda, a 15 year-old teenager who was murdered by 18 year-old Matthew Mason in December 2019, six weeks after they first exchanged messages via social media.

The pair initially forged a relationship through social media platforms like Facebook and Snapchat which is where the grooming process started. Matthew Mason was soon sending explicit images of himself to Alex before the pair began a sexual relationship. But Matthew, who in fact had a girlfriend at the time, was keen to conceal the liaisons between him and Alex and his sexuality and went to extreme lengths to do so.

For the first time Alex’s family and friends speak openly and powerfully as they introduce us to the much-loved young boy, and talk through the events that led up to the night his killer drove Alex to a remote woodland in Ashley, Cheshire where he brutally murdered him, as well as the trial that followed. 

Material obtained from social media accounts and mobile phones immerses viewers in the events as they unfolded, symbolising the key role this intermediary played in connecting these two individuals. Experts observe how social media acted as a catalyst for this dreadful crime and also share their views on how the older killer’s grooming of Alex played out.