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Airdate: The Wimbledon Kidnapping

Doco explores the UK's first kidnapping case in 1969 and one of the most infamous cases of mistaken identity.

ABC tonight begins a 2 part UK documentary The Wimbledon Kidnapping.

This series explores the mysterious disappearance of Muriel McKay in 1969, the UK’s first kidnapping case and one of the most infamous cases of mistaken identity.

Kidnapping was an unheard-of crime in the UK, and such was the strangeness of the case that everyone from the police, Fleet Street and hundreds of clairvoyants all struggled to decipher the respectable 55-year-old housewife’s disappearance from her home, just a five minute walk from Wimbledon tennis.

Ep 1 – Airs
Britain’s first kidnap and ransom case galvanised the nation in 1969. On 29th December, Muriel McKay disappeared from her suburban home in Wimbledon. She was kidnapped by mistake, the real target being the wife of media tycoon, Rupert Murdoch. Such was the strangeness of the case that everyone from the police, family, Fleet Street, and hundreds of clairvoyants all struggled to decipher the vanishing of the respectable 55-year-old housewife. For the first time, one of the men convicted in this astonishing crime story tells their account.

Monday 22 November at 9:40pm on ABC

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