Plus, a shocking revelation at Betty’s funeral, and Rita will be kidnapped!
We’ll start today’s news from Corrie with the shocking story that a 14 year old boy murdered his own mother Jacqueline with a hammer, just as Corrie killer John Stape did away with Charlotte Hoyle.
Teenager Daniel Bartlam, who carried out the brutal and cold blooded murder of his mother last year, apparently had clips of the Corrie murders – and violent deaths in other soaps and movies – on his computer.
And after his arrest, police found a “soap script” that Daniel had written which detailed the character of Daniel killing Jackie with a hammer, then setting fire to her body to cover up the crime.
And chillingly, that’s exactly what Daniel did, telling police who arrived on the scene that a masked intruder had set the house on fire after a botched burglary.
The truth was of course that he’d murdered his mother by beating her to death with a hammer before dousing her body in petrol and setting it alight.
Nottingham crown court yesterday heard gruesome details of how Daniel had carried out the attack, and how he’d calmly set about covering up the evidence. He even used cleaning fluid to get rid of his fingerprints and other DNA.
Judge Mr Justice Flaux sentenced Bartlam to life with an order that he must serve a minimum of 16 years, having told the boy that he carried out, “grotesque and senseless killing.”
In response to questions to the broadcaster about the case, ITV said, “ITV takes careful steps to ensure that pre-watershed drama is appropriate for a family audience and the Stape murder scenes in Coronation Street were fully compliant.”
Here’s a clip of Daniel learning how to use his new laptop…
It’s horrendous that this boy could be out of prison by the time he’s thirty years old.
However, moving on to infinitely lighter news, there are several dramatic storylines ahead for the residents of Corrie, beginning with the revelation that Annie Walker – the very first owner of the Rovers – left the pub to long serving barmaid Betty Williams…
The secret will be revealed when Betty’s friends and family gather to pay their respects to her at her wake, which will be aired in April.
The character of Betty has of course been written out because Betty Driver, who played her, died last October.
However, when Betty’s son Gordon learns of the secret bequest – which for some reason, Betty never invoked – he realizes that now, he’s the true owner of the Rovers, which of course throws Stella Price into turmoil!
As mentioned, we’ll see that drama in April, and in June, on the day that Rita Sullivan is due to tie the knot with Dennis Tanner, she’ll be kidnapped!
There are few details about the storyline as yet, and so far, we know only that the drama will coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
While appearing on This Morning yesterday, the show’s producer, Phil Collinson said, “We’re doing a great big extravaganza, so we transmit two episodes on the Bank Holiday Monday.
“There’s a great big street party, with the characters all dressed up as popstars through the 60 years of the Queen’s reign.
“That’s all happening at the same time as Rita’s wedding, which is big and exciting. She gets kidnapped on her wedding day – I’ll say no more than that.”
More Corrie news soon!