This week, my other half and I have dedicated ourselves to watching all the shows we record onto our TiVo box and then never get round to watching. Last night, we got stuck into ITV’s 3-part crime thriller ‘The Investigator’ surrounding the disappearance and suspected murder of Carole Packman in 1985. We had intended on just watching 1 hour but also watched the follow up as it is such an intriguing and dark story.
Just to give you a bit of back story, Carole Packman was from Bournemouth and lived with her husband, Russell and young daughter Samantha. Her husband was a very ostentatious character, all about showing how much wealth he had and his daughter even describes him as arrogant. Above all he was controlling and as the story unfolds, The Investigator finds out that Carole’s world was closed in becuase of his controlling nature, where she was forbidden from talking to her own family, and he would intervene quickly if she got close to any friends nearby.
As time went on, Russell had an affair with a colleague, Patricia and she moved in to the family home soon after – mind boggling I know! This changed the dynamic of the family and soon enough, their daughter was becoming closer to Russell’s mistress than her own mother. Until one day, the daughter arrived home to a note from her mother with the wedding ring saying she had run away. And she has never been seen again since.
We haven’t got to the end of the story…only because my other half declared 2 hours of thriller action was intense enough and we should resume the next day! I absolutely love thrillers like this and if it wasn’t a true story, I wouldn’t have been so disturbed. My other half doesn’t need to see the end of the programme, and put it to me quite simply:
“Bridie, she’s brown bread, isn’t she?”
I actually stayed up until 2am unable to sleep at all…I imagine he is right, the poor woman was probably murdered, only they never found her body. And it’s been so many years now that the case is unresolved and I don’t imagine anything can come of that really. But how could you get away with a murder like that – the whole thing sends a shiver up my spine that it is actually possible to make a person vanish into thin air. It’s utterly chilling.
I didn’t have a huge revelation by watching this series; if anything it made me lose faith in humanity a little bit. It made me feel a little disheartened that there are people in this world who go missing and are never found. Families who live in turmoil and never get that closure that they need as the decades pass. It reminds me of when I was travelling in a campervan in Queensland and my Dad warned me never to stop if someone pulls you over. He didn’t elaborate on it, but later told me that hundreds of people get abducted in that area and was so worried for me. It’s the reality of life that these things do happen, every day even, and for now all I can do it hold the kids a little tighter and be really thankful for what we’ve got.