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This series sheds light on the lives of a few criminals who have received whole-life tariffs in the UK, their crimes having been so heinous that their life imprisonments actually last until their dying days - without the chances of parole. When Life Means Life is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on April 9, 2012.

Where do I stream When Life Means Life online? When Life Means Life is available for streaming on FilmRise, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch When Life Means Life on demand at Amazon, The Roku Channel Free online.

FilmRise
2 Seasons, 13 Episodes
April 9, 2012
8.8/10
Cast: Shaun Dooley, Kerry Daynes
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  • Michael Roberts, then thirty, brutally assaulted, raped and murdered women who lived alone in his neighborhood - aged 57, 66, 77 and 83 - through the late 80s. He went scot free till 2005, when advancements in forensic sciences led to a DNA match - and his conviction. Roberts was known as the "The Praying Rapist" after a victim recounted him crossing himself and praying.

  • Arthur Hutchinson barged into the Laitners' family home a day after they celebrated the wedding of their daughter Suzanne. Hutchinson, on his killing spree, stabbed to death the bride's parents and brother. and raped her sister Nicola at knifepoint. At this point, he had already served five years in prison on charges of attempted murder - but there were more to come.

  • In 2004, alcoholic Mark Hobson killed his girlfriend with a hammer and then wrapped her body in a trash bag. He did the same to her twin sister - but only after sexually assaulting her and allegedly biting off her nipple. He went ahead and murdered an elderly couple in their home the very next day. Hobson admitted to all four murders.

  • Trevor Hardy, aka "The Beast of Manchester," murdered at least three teenage girls between 1974-76 after sexually assaulting and mutilating them, and then burying them. He bragged about his crimes, even filing his own teeth to avoid arrest. 23,000 people were interrogated during the nation-wide manhunt that eventually caught him.

  • In January 2012, Stephen Farrow broke into the house of Betty Yates, 77, and beat her up with her walking stick before killing her. In February, he killed Rev. Suddards by stabbing him and then proceeded to watch a DVD in the Reverend's house after stealing his cellphone. Farrow, with his obsessive hatred of Christianity, was eventually diagnosed with psychopathic personality disorder.

  • Glyn Dix met Hazel when he was in prison for murdering Pia Overbury, a 32-year-old mother of two, in the 70s. They were married thereafter. In 2004, the couple made love before fighting over TV channels, following which Dix stabbed her three times and then chopped her body into sixteen pieces using a knife, a hacksaw and scissors. In 2005, he received whole-life tariff.

  • David Cook was arrested in 1987 after he strangled and killed a Sunday school teacher with a dressing gown cord during a robbery. 21 years later, after he was released, he befriended a neighbor, Leonard Hill, who he robbed and then strangled and killed with a TV cord. Through the 80s, he was convicted of acts of robbery wherein he tied up his victims using cords. He was jailed again in 2012.

  • In 1982, Wilbert Dyce raped and killed Norma Richards - and drowned her daughters. He got away with the crime for 28 years, until a journalist launched a cold case review. Paul Culshaw, "The Shoelace Killer," strangled a young woman with a shoelace in order to cover up his brutal sexual attack on her. Earlier, when he was eighteen, he had raped a 43-year-old woman.

  • In 1989, Royston Jackson killed the sixteen-year-old Steven Raven and drove over his body after subjecting it to extreme violence. He was arrested and released after sixteen years. In 2006, he moved to Norwich and brutally strangled and murdered Gordon Boons, a man infamous for being a pedophile. The bodies of both Boons and Raven were found in different stages of undress.

  • This episode explores the life of Andrew Dawson, who committed murders 28 years apart. In 1982, he was arrested for murdering a 91-year-old man. Following his release in 2010, calling himself the "Angel of Mercy," Dawson, armed with seven kitchen knives, murdered two neighbors in Derby before placing their bodies in the bathtub.

  • Following a criminal history involving thirty robberies and assault, John Cooper was arrested twice: in 1998 and, finally, in 2009. Previously, he had killed the siblings Richard and Helen Thomas in Scoveston Park before burning down their house in 1985. Later, in 1989, he shot and murdered couple Peter and Gwenda Dixon in Pembroksehire after tying them up and robbing them.

  • The episode throws light on Anthony Arkwright, who admired Jack the Ripper and wanted to emulate him. In 1988, he was jailed for life for a 56-hour-long murder spree during which he brutally stabbed and killed his grandfather and multiple neighbors before gutting and disemboweling their bodies.