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Social Media Murders

  • Episode:

    3 of 3

  • Title:

    The Murder of Molly McLaren: Social Media Murders

  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 17 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 3

The Murder of Molly McLaren: Social Media Murders

This new film made by Knickbockerglory Productions (producers of American Murder: The Family Next Door) exclusively for ITV2 and ITV Hub explores the case of Molly McLaren, a 23 year-old woman who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend Joshua Stimpson in 2017.

This documentary provides insight into a relationship, which began after meeting on Tinder, was ended by Molly following a few months of dating as Joshua grew more controlling. An avid social media user, Molly documented their relationship on her own platforms but social media not only played a role in bringing these two individuals together but also served as a tool for the culprit to track her movements.

In a disturbing turn of events, Joshua began to harass Molly on Facebook - posting derogatory messages and photos. Molly informed both the police and the social media platform in question, however in a horrific final development, Molly’s ex-boyfriend followed her and murdered her in a car park outside her gym. 

Molly’s friends and family speak powerfully to build up a compelling and intimate timeline of what went wrong and when. And wherever possible, Molly’s story is told using her own voice - via her social media posts and text messages.

In the wake of Molly’s murder, no laws or policies have changed. Today, Molly’s family would like her story to highlight the potential dangers of social media as questions are raised on what platforms can do to protect users and ultimately prevent further tragedy.