16-year-old Colette Aram was on her way to her boyfriend’s house when she was abducted, raped, and murdered in October of 1983. When Colette did not arrive safely after the 10 minute walk, her family alerted police and a search was launched immediately. The next day, Colette’s body was found in a nearby field, naked and posed in an explicit fashion. Tests would later show that she had been strangled to death. Despite being featured on the newly launched Crimewatch, and tip-offs submitted in their hundreds, no suspects were arrested and the case remained unsolved for 26 years.
In 2008, Jean-Paul Hutchinson was arrested on a motoring charge, and a DNA swab was taken as standard procedure. The match proved near identical to that of Collette’s killer - but, at 20 years old, Jean-Paul had not even been alive at the time of the murder. This chance match gave police what they needed to close the case once and for all, and a week later, Jean-Paul’s father, Paul, was arrested. Despite damning evidence, including a fingerprint on a letter sent taunting police, 50-year-old Paul pleaded not guilty. After attempting to pin Colette’s murder on his own dead brother, he eventually admitted his guilt in 2009. Paul was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 25 years. In 2010, he was found unconscious in his cell, and later died of a suspected overdose.