Where has Rachel Nickell’s true killer gone?
DECEIT is a four-part drama based on the true events of the infamous police investigation into Rachel Nickell’s murder. Rachel Nickell’s assailant is still on the loose.
The dramatic thriller Deceit has been aired on Channel 4 and is based on a notorious honeytrap operation from the early 1990s. Rachel Nickell, a young mother with a toddler kid, was savagely attacked while walking across Wimbledon Common. What happened to the true killer after a man was wrongfully accused of murder?
On July 15, 1992, Rachel Nickell was stabbed to death on Wimbledon Common.
A police investigation was initiated, and investigators were under intense public pressure to discover the perpetrator.
At the time of her death, the young mother was with her two-year-old son, who was the only witness.
After questioning a man named Colin Stagg, police initiated Operation Ezdell, a clandestine operation.
He was determined to suit the offender description, and an undercover cop was dispatched to question him.
However, he was later found to be innocent and acquitted, and the case was closed.
Stagg was acquitted in September 1994 when Mr Justice Ognall ruled that police had attempted to accuse him in a dishonest manner.
Scotland Yard did not deploy a cold case review unit to check into potential possibilities until ten years after the murder.
In 2006, they questioned Robert Napper, a previously convicted killer who was being imprisoned at Broadmoor, a security facility.
He was charged with Nickell’s murder in November 2007 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and Asperger’s syndrome.
At the start of the trial, Napper contested the charges, but eventually pleaded to manslaughter on the basis of reduced responsibility.
Because he constituted a public safety threat, the judge ordered that Napper be held at Broadmoor for the foreseeable future.
He is unlikely to be released, thus he is being held at the facility for the time being.
Meanwhile, Stagg, who was found not guilty, got a public apology for the prior prosecution from the Metropolitan Police.
Deceit, a Channel 4 documentary, focuses on the inquiry rather than Nickell’s death.
The series goes into great depth concerning the clandestine officer’s pressure to convict Stagg.
She is given the name ‘Lizzie’ in the series, but the real-life officer’s name has never been revealed.
To maintain her anonymity, she was granted it for the rest of her life. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”