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The Raoul Moat Tapes: Inside the Mind of a Killer, Channel 4 | reviews, news & interviews

The Raoul Moat Tapes: Inside the Mind of a Killer, Channel 4

The Raoul Moat Tapes: Inside the Mind of a Killer, Channel 4

The Cutting Edge documentary reveals little we didn't already know

According to a psychiatrist, Moat had to kill 'in order to feel better'
After going on his murderous rampage earlier this summer, the police hunt for Raoul Moat was given rolling news coverage. Moat had critically injured his ex-partner Samantha Stobbart, he had murdered her new boyfriend and he had gone on to shoot and blind an off-duty policeman. Excerpts from the tapes he’d recorded over a two-year period, and those made during his subsequent week-long hide-out in the Northumbrian countryside, provided an audio backdrop to the story. But given that the case has been given so much coverage, given that relatives had already talked extensively to the press, and given that Moat had left almost 26 hours of recorded material providing a first-person account of what had led him to the point of murder, how much further inside the mind of Moat could we get? Or indeed want to go?

After going on his murderous rampage earlier this summer, the police hunt for Raoul Moat was given rolling news coverage. Moat had critically injured his ex-partner Samantha Stobbart, he had murdered her new boyfriend and he had gone on to shoot and blind an off-duty policeman. Excerpts from the tapes he’d recorded over a two-year period, and those made during his subsequent week-long hide-out in the Northumbrian countryside, provided an audio backdrop to the story. But given that the case has been given so much coverage, given that relatives had already talked extensively to the press, and given that Moat had left almost 26 hours of recorded material providing a first-person account of what had led him to the point of murder, how much further inside the mind of Moat could we get? Or indeed want to go?

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