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TV spotlight on Betty case
6:30am Monday 7th October 2013 in Local
A DOCUMENTARY in which a former Shuttle journalist and a Kidderminster-based jewellery shop owner recall the chilling murder of Betty Yates will be aired tonight.
The episode of When Life Means Life will be shown on the Crime and Investigation Network channel at 9pm.
On it, Jennifer Meierhans, who covered the story for the newspaper, and Annabella Harvey-Lawrence, of Harvey’s the Jewellers, who saw Stephen Farrow shortly before he murdered Mrs Yates in her remote Bewdley cottage in January, 2012, will talk about their experiences of the case.
Miss Meierhans gives a moving account of the first time news of Mrs Yates’ death broke in the newsroom and how it sent shockwaves across the riverside town of Bewdley, while Mrs Harvey-Lawrence recalls the moment Farrow, described as “highly dysfunctional” in the documentary, entered her shop to pawn jewellery.
The jeweller talks about how the homeless drifter immediately put her on edge. Headlines from reports featured in The Shuttle are also shown.
Miss Meierhans, who worked for the paper between 2010 and 2012, is filmed in Bewdley near to Betty’s home as she tells of residents’ shock of the murder as “nothing like this happens in Bewdley”.
The TV series, which started in April, looks at the small number of the more than 87,000 British prisoners who will never be freed, including Farrow. It attempts to unlock the minds of the killers and provide an insight into what might have set them on the path to a whole life tariff.
Farrow, 48, was jailed for life for killing widow Betty, 77, in her riverside cottage in Bewdley and then six weeks later murdering the Rev John Suddards at his vicarage in Gloucestershire.
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