Who Killed Elsie Frost?
On a Saturday afternoon in 1965, in the quiet Yorkshire town of Wakefield, 14-year-old Elsie Frost was stabbed to death on her way home from a sailing lesson. Her senseless murder stunned the local area, and its echoes are still felt today, particularly because her killer has never been found - a suspect was tried in 1966, but cleared, and the case was quietly shelved soon afterward.
Bearing the brunt of this psychic pain are Elsie's siblings, Colin and Anne, who were children at the time of the murder. When recently attempting to find out more about what happened to Elsie, they discovered that her case files were closed, and appealed to BBC Radio 4's iPM ('the program that starts with its listeners') for help. The result is this series of intermittent, moving, fascinating episodes, recently made available in podcast form. iPM producers and reporter Jon Manel examine the cold case anew, piecing together the scattered evidence and memories of the last 60 years. Their efforts have turned up new details and sparked a fresh police appeal for information.
Episodes are short, running 5 to 20 minutes. Together, they paint a deeply affecting portrait of the person Elsie was, the mysteries that abound in the case, and the effects of the long, awful not knowing that has been borne by Elsie's family. It's an intriguing true crime investigation, and a compassionate portrait of grief.
Gateway episodes: Episode 1: Who Killed Elsie Frost? / Episode 3: The Newspaper Archives