A grieving mum has told how meeting the actress playing her murdered daughter in the TV drama A Confession left her feeling like she had hugged her own child.
Karen Edwards said she broke down in tears watching the first episode of the hit ITV show and was left feeling a new connection with her daughter Becky following her meeting with actress Stephanie Hyam.
It's been 17 years since Becky Godden-Edwards was brutally murdered, but it took a detective almost a decade to get justice for the 21-year-old – and was sacked as a result.
Taxi driver Christopher Halliwell killed Becky when they crossed paths and dumped her body in a field, which was not discovered until eight years later.
Chilling new ITV drama A Confession tells the story of detective Steve Fulcher's investigation and the legal battle that eventually led to Halliwell's conviction.
Becky's mum has now told how she was overcome with emotion when she first met actress Stephanie as the cameras rolled almost two decades after the murder.
Karen told The Sun: “When I put my arm around Stephanie for a hug it felt like I was holding Becky again.
"Stephanie has such a teenie frame, just like my Becky — who was only 4ft 11in. I couldn’t stop looking at her.
“Everything about them is the same, even their hair and mannerisms. For a short while it felt like I had my baby back.”
The six-part series stars Martin Freeman as DS Fulcher and Imelda Staunton as Karen, who tirelessly campaigned for justice for her daughter.
Becky's death was only confirmed when her killer was cornered by the police over the disappearance of another young woman, Sian O'Callaghan, 22, who went missing after a night out in Swindon in March 2011.
Sian is played by actress Florence Howard in the drama while her mum Elaine is played by Siobhan Finneran.
Meanwhile Sian's boyfriend Kevin Reape is played by actor Charlie Cooper.
Reape contacted police and reported Sian missing the morning after she disappeared leaving the nightclub.
Halliwell, who is played by actor Joe Absolom, admitted that he had killed Sian and led them to her body.
He then told DS Fulcher, who had been in charge of the investigation: "Do you want another one?".
The killer told them where he had buried Becky back in 2002-2003. However despite his confession, the double murder investigation became incredibly complicated because Halliwell had not been reminded of his rights by DS Fulcher.
This meant that Halliwell couldn't be held to account for killing Becky.
Halliwell was sentenced to life in October 2012 for murdering Sian, but not for Becky.
Rather than take Halliwell back to the police station after the confession, as the PACE code of practice states, DS Fulcher drove him to the field that the killer said that another body would be found.
By acting on the "window of opportunity", DS Fulcher was found guilty of misconduct at a disciplinary hearing and resigned later that year.
The series will also tell Becky's tragic story, which details her fall to drugs and prostitution.
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