An infamous killer's secrets will be revealed after conversations he had with police were secretly recorded.
One-legged murderer Michael Sams kidnapped two women in the 1990s – Julie Dart, who he killed, and Stephanie Slater – but managed to dodge arrest before his ex-wife helped to put him behind bars.
Sams was found given and given four life sentences in 1993 for the murder of 18-year-old Julie, and kidnapping Stephanie.
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It was after his sentencing that he had the damning conversation with police which revealed the motivation behind his horror crimes – and which will be revealed in a Discovery+ documentary on July 30.
Sams from Keighley, West Yorkshire said: "When I went out to kidnap Julie Dart, there was only one intention, and that was to kill her.
"There was no intention whatsoever to keep her alive."
Despite this, he still demanded £140,000 from Julie’s mum, and was able to dodge police when they agreed to hand over the momentous sum, hanging up the phone before the drop-off point was determined.
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Sams first kidnapped Julie when he drove to Chapeltown to find a random victim, in practice for another kidnap.
Julie was unlucky enough to be his guinea pig, and told Sams it was her 'first night' working the streets.
While Julie was leaning to take her shoes off, Sams slipped a rope around her neck.
He told Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Taylor in a secretly recorded conversation: "She were bending down and obviously she couldn't move and I was saying, 'You can't scream.'
"I mean, she did do little screams. I had the rope already round her neck and I pulled it and she couldn't move."
He added: "She was frightened of me. She was terrified. She's the first person in my life that's ever been frightened of me."
Sams strangled Julie, and her remains were discovered on a farm near Grantham in Lincolnshire 10 days after she first went missing.
It was six months before Sams stuck again.
On January 22 1992, Sams kidnapped estate agent Stephanie during a property viewing in Birmingham.
Sams tied her up and drove her to the same workshop where Julie had been killed, where he placed her in a wooden 'coffin' inside a bin.
He then demanded £175,000 ransom from her employer, Shipways Estate Agency.
He said: “I always intended it to be estate agents.”
Sams' cover began to slip when he forgot to disguise his real voice on a phone call, giving police a crucial piece of evidence.
Around 1,000 police were on hand to arrest Sams when estate agent boss Kevin Watts headed out to drop off the cash – but Sams was able to outwit them once again by sending Watts down a path where any officer following behind could be spotted easily.
Unlike Julie, Stephanie's life was spared and eight days after her kidnap, she was dropped off, blindfolded, near her home – and in doing so, brought about his own downfall.
A witness who had spotted Sams' car was able to give an incredibly detailed description, and Stephanie, who had been kidnapped by the evil killer, was also able to describe the murderer.
The combination of the car, the voice and an artist's drawing created from the witness' and Stephanie's descriptions were enough to bring him to justice – with the help of Sams' first Susan Oake, who spotted the giveaway details on the BBC show Crimewatch and phoned in to identify the killer.
Sams admitted to kidnap at his trial but initially denied Julie’s murder.
However, he was found guilty on all counts at Nottingham Grown Court and confessed the truth to police just days later.
His motivation to confess? Sams said he simply wanted Julie’s mum to know the truth.
He concluded: "I've been going over it and thinking it's only fair that she knows I did it. I mean, obviously, I did do it. What can I tell her? I do feel sorry for her, yes."
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