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In the Footsteps of Killers on C4: Who is Professor David Wilson and where’s he from?

Professor David Wilson fronts brand new C4 documentary In the Footsteps of Killers – but who is David Wilson?

What is he famous for, and where is he from?

Here’s everything you need to know about him and his new TV series.

Patrick Warren and David Spencer
Emilia Fox and Professor David Wilson investigate the disappearance of Patrick Warren and David Spencer (Credit: C4)

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Who is David Wilson and what is he famous for?

First of all, Professor David Wilson is a former prison governor.

The well known criminologist specialises in serial killers.

David has worked alongside various British police forces and has published books.

His latest book, A Plot to Kill, tells the shocking story of the murder of Peter Farquhar.

He’s also written about Harold Shipman, Jack the Ripper, Fred West and Dennis Nilsen.

And he knows what he’s talking about…

David met some of the UK’s most notorious offenders while at HMP Woodhill – including Charles Bronson.

The former uni professor has also made many appearances on TV as an expert.

Hence, TV viewers recognise him as one of the leading criminologists in the UK.

What else has be appeared on?

Finally, David regularly appears on TV and radio as a commentator and presenter.

He writes for The Guardian and the Daily Mail.

David presented four series of The Crime Squad for BBC One, as well as Leave No Trace and Too Young to Die?

On BBC Two, he presented Who Killed Ivan the Terrible? and was an expert on the game show Identity.

On C5, he co-presented Banged Up, which was nominated for a Royal Television Society award.

He also developed and presented two series of Killers Behind Bars: The Untold Story.

Above all, TV viewers know him for presenting Interview with a Murderer on C4.

This focused on the murder of Carl Bridgewater.

Patrick Warren and David Spencer
Emilia Fox and Professor David Wilson re-examine cold cases in In the Footsteps of Killers (Credit: C4)

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How old is David Wilson and where is he from?

Professor David Wilson was born on April 23 1957.

He is currently 64 years old.

David is originally from Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, in Scotland.

He was actually raised on a dairy farm outside Carluke in South Lanarkshire,.

He was recruited directly from Cambridge to join Her Majesty’s Prison Service as an Assistant Governor at HMP Wormwood Scrubs in 1984.

By the age of 29, he’d become the youngest governor in the country.

Is David Wilson married?

David Wilson is married to lawyer Anne.

The couple live in Bucks and have two children.

Who is David Wilson?
Professor David Wilson often appears as an expert on criminology (Credit: ITV)

David Wilson on lockdown

David believes the pandemic has caused people to act in a “more extreme way”.

He said a number of serious crimes were committed due to an “extraordinary situation in which people were living their lives”.

As a result of the Covid crisis, criminals adapted to their new found surroundings.

David believes villains subsequently used the “crisis as an opportunity” to offend.

In the Footsteps of Killers on Channel 4

Emilia Fox and Professor David Wilson front this new C4 series looking at several unsolved murders.

In each episode, Silent Witness star Emilia and criminologist David Wilson re-open a cold case.

In the Footsteps of Killers uses the latest in forensic science to shed new light on these troubling cases.

David and Emilia look for new leads the original investigation may have missed.

The travel to the locations of the crime to interview the witnesses, suspects and friends and family of the victims.

Then they subsequently attempt to build a picture of what happened.

The opening episode sees the pair re-examine the 1996 disappearance of David Spencer and Patrick Warren.

He said: “This series is going to take true crime in a different direction.

“It uses new criminological techniques to shine a light on unsolved cases which have for too long remained in the dark.

“This true crime is crime fact that looks like crime fiction.

“But we never forget that these are genuine cases that we are discussing and that real people died.”

In the Footsteps of Killers begins on Wednesday June 09 2021 at 10pm on Channel 4.

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