ITV drama The Pembrokeshire Murders continues tonight and follows the true story of serial killer John Cooper.
In the first episode, which aired last night, Luke Evans, who plays Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins, reopened two unsolved 1980s murder cases linked with a string of burglaries and sexual assaults.
Initially, murderer John, who is portrayed by Keith Allen, was charged and imprisoned for just the burglaries.
However, it wasn’t until 20 years later that police were finally able to link him to the double murders and sexual assaults in ‘Nolton Hill Estate’.
Filming for The Pembrokeshire Murders took place in the west of Wales and also Cardiff.
Some scenes were also filmed in Goodwick and Fishguard and along the coastal path.
What happened at ‘Nolton Hill Estate’?
During the early evening of March 6, 1996, a group of five 15 and 16-year-old teenagers were walking through a field when they were approached by a masked man (John Cooper) wearing gloves and a knitted balaclava.
As he got nearer he pulled out a shotgun and ordered the teenagers to lie face down.
He then held a 16-year-old girl at knifepoint and dragged her away so that he could rape her.
When he returned to the group he indecently assaulted a 15-year-old girl.
At the time, no one was charged for the horrific crimes.
Is Nolton Hill Estate a real place?
It turns out there is no housing estate called Nolton Estate or Nolton Hill Estate.
The production company changed the name of the real estate so that it makes it harder to identify John’s sexual assault victims, who were all teenagers at the time.
By changing the name of the estate associated with the crime, the writers were able to air the real details of what took place.
If they had used the correct name in the drama, it could have placed the victims and their families at a greater risk of identification.
However, it went on to mention that some of the ‘characters and events portrayed’ had been altered for ‘the purpose of dramatisation and to protect anonymity where appropriate’.
The Pembrokeshire Murders returns tonight at 9pm on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.