Life of Crime Episode Two: The drama moves to 1997 where Denise discovers that Amy’s murderer may still be on the loose

by Matt D


In this second instalment, it’s 1997 and Denise is now working as a successful DI in Brixton. In the era of ‘cool Britannia’ and ‘Blair’s Babes’, she’s ideally place to the ranks, but is struggling to find time for husband Ray and their young daughter. Ray and Denise’s marriage is a functioning rather than loving relationship, while we get the impression that Denise is spending most of her time at work Meanwhile Ray and Denise’s mother Rose are handling most of the childcare and keeping the family home together.

Denise is investigating another rape-murder, this time of a young girl named Lauren Hinds, whose body is found on an estate. Denise’s world changes forever when DNA on Lauren Hinds is cross-checked on the ‘all-new DNA database’ and matches unknown samples found on Amy Reid back in 1985. Samples with no names attached.


This new evidence means that Mike Holland’s legal team is able to push and make his original conviction ‘unsafe’ and he’s released after twelve years in prison. Holland’s release means that Denise is forced to reveal to a devastated Ray that she planted evidence in 1985 in order to avenge the young and vulnerable Amy Reid. Eventually Denise is facing not only a DPS enquiry into her actions, but also a court case for Holland’s financial compensation.

Meanwhile Denise is still investigating Lauren Hinds’ rape and murder. Denise eventually arrests a club bouncer called Stephen Forester, who quickly admits to the rape and murder. Though forensics does confirm he was with Lauren, Forester’s DNA doesn’t match the unknown DNA on Amy Reid from 1985. There’s also evidence to suggest that Forester couldn’t have raped Lauren as he’s sexually impotent, though he did undoubtedly murder the young girl. This leads Denise to believe that there may have been two people involved in the deaths of both Amy and Lauren.

Life of Crime continues tonight on ITV at 9pm

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