This drama tells the real-life story of retired schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies who was initially questioned by police as a suspect in the murder of Jo Yeates who rented a flat from him...
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This drama tells the real-life story of retired schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies who was initially questioned by police as a suspect in the murder of Jo Yeates who rented a flat from him. He was vilified by the press, partly on account of his eccentric appearance and long flowing hair, even after he had been released on bail by the police.Written by
I had never heard of either Christopher Jefferies or the other people involved in the murder of his neighbour but then I don't read UK Tabloids.
Christopher Jefferies, is from the start, an unusual man.
When a female neighbour is murdered it appears that the police find no alternative other than to make him the prime suspect. He has (1) a Donald Trump style hair do (2) is correct (3) doesn't watch television and so is unaware of 'Strictly Come Dancing' and other elements of pop-culture and (4) speaks in a stilted fashion.
When he is arrested, he deals with the police questions with dignity. Of course, if he had had the natural reaction, they would have considered this evidence of his violent nature.
The performance echoed, for me, Toby Jones performance in 'Marvellous', of another unusual character.
The way that the media treats somebody that catches their focus becomes a huge part of the story. We could all have our lives turned inside out if newspapers printed photos of us next to headlines saying how odd we were.
Its unfair that people who are slightly odd (as we all are ) are so easily judged.
A thought provoking drama I'm glad I watched.
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