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The Boy in the Woods

BBC Radio 4
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The Boy in the Woods, six-year-old Rikki Neave, had been strangled and left naked. His body was positioned in a distinctive star shape. more


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Latest Episodes

Dr Julia Shaw unwraps Bad People’s choice of true crime podcasts in 2022. She talks to Winifred Robinson, the acclaimed BBC journalist whose podcast The Boy in the Woods revisits the disturbing case of murdered six year-old Rikki Neave. Julia also me... more

a year ago

In this one-off special documentary linked to her recent series 'The Boy in the Woods', Winifred Robinson brings together Lord Laming who led an inquiry into Rikki Neave's death with Dame Louise Casey, who oversaw the Troubled Families Programme, and... more

a year ago

For more than 20 years the case of the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave went unsolved. In this new ten part investigation, award-winning journalist Winifred Robinson, has unearthed the truth through unprecedented access to police interview rooms, a... more

a year ago


4.7 out of 5 stars from 239 ratings
  • Great share

    Khadhijah Arshad
    a year ago
  • Brilliant storytelling

    Fantastic storytelling about a devastating case, however, the US stream features commercials for KidzBop which is highly inappropriate considering the content.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • 4/5

    Horrifying and devastating case. Gripping story. They could’ve had more understanding for the mother who was in desperate need of support, or the broader social issues. Overall very well reported though.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Please listen

    Exceptional reporting please listen it’s fantastic. As a social worker I was so pleased to hear the being frank and honest with people. We are currently being so politically correct and making sure people are not offended that some cases are like watching the slow motion train wreck. I do not mean this to be offensive but when we have a system that allows non parenting, non schooling, no basic care of your kids topped off with when they are removed they either are returned too soon or given over... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Australiaa year ago
  • Simply brilliant

    Another excellent podcast from the BBC. Brilliant story telling. Gripping. Emotional. High production standards. Strongly recommend. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Jimmy Hamilton
    Australiaa year ago

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