Meet, Marry, Murder – Portsmouth academic delivers insight into shocking crimes
It was a very different kind of ‘lockdown’ recently for a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Policing at the University of Portsmouth. Dr Brian Frederick has just spent two days shut inside a wedding venue in Warwickshire, being interviewed for a new crime series on the True Crime Network.
Dr Frederick is the subject matter expert for 20 episodes of "Meet, Marry, Murder”, which will be broadcast in the US later this year. The series is produced by UK-based 'First Look TV' and investigates real-life cases of intimate partner homicide in the United States.
Each case is fascinating in its own right. All are completely different, but have one thing in common - a spouse is murdered by their partner.
In two solid days of filming, Dr Frederick managed to delve deep into 13 shocking cases. “Meet, Marry, Murder” covers murder mysteries that are contemporary as well as historical. They range from a man who recently killed his wife as a result of the lockdown in the Mid-west United States, to a woman who employed her father to assassinate her husband on his front porch.
Dr Frederick says: “Each case is fascinating in its own right. All are completely different, but have one thing in common - a spouse is murdered by their partner. In one episode we might be looking at an abusive power and control relationship, and in another a sociopath. The nature of these true crimes are shocking and fascinating in equal measures. I love getting into the criminal mind and explaining what makes it tick.”
I love getting into the criminal mind and explaining what makes it tick.
Dr Frederick is new to the University, having just joined the team at the Institute of Criminal Justice studies. He was introduced to the project by former colleague Dr Jane Monkton-Smith, who has devised an eight-point diagnostic ‘homicide timeline’ now being used by detectives investigating intimate partner homicide in the UK.
A UK version of Meet Marry Murder is already in production for viewers on this side of the Atlantic, with episodes due to be released later this year.