The shocking murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells were explored in 5 Mistakes That Caught a Killer last night (Thursday, May 23rd).

The Channel 5 documentary saw how the police managed to catch murderer Ian Huntley.

But it left viewers with many questions, particularly what happened to Ian’s girlfriend Maxine Carr, who lied to protect him.

Here’s everything you need to know about Maxine’s involvement in the case and where she is now.

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How was Maxine Carr involved?

Maxine was dating Ian Huntley at the time of the murders. The couple had met in February 1999 at a club in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, where they were both originally from.

They both moved to Soham, Cambridgeshire when Ian got a job as a school caretaker and Maxine soon after took a job as a teaching assistant at the same school.

It was the school Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman attended.

Just before Ian carried out the unspeakably horrific and random murders of the two 10-year-old girls, he had supposedly had an angry call with Maxine accusing her of having an affair. It was suspected during the trial that he had committed the murders in a jealous rage.

Maxine Carr is photographed following her arrest in August 2002.

Maxine’s crimes

On the day of the murders, Maxine was in Grimsby with her family.

She lied to the police about where she was to provide Ian with an alibi. Maxine claimed she was having lunch with him that day, but this false story quickly unraveled.

After checking her phone records, police knew she was in fact in Grimsby.

In the documentary, Tony Rogers – the Assistant Chief Constable at the time – said:  “It was a big mistake on her part because we always check these things.”

What happened to Maxine Carr?

Maxine was charged on August 21st, 2002 with perverting the course of justice. This is because her false statement given to the police about Ian Huntley’s whereabouts on the day of the murder delayed his arrest by two weeks.

She was charged again on January 16th, 2003, this time with two counts of assisting an offender.

Maxine Carr served three and a half years in jail for her crimes, whereas Ian was sentenced to life in prison. However, she only served 21 months in total.

Police holds back an angry mob as the convoy carrying suspect Maxine Carr leaves the Peterborough magistrates court.

Where is Maxine Carr now?

She was released from prison on May 14th, 2004.

Now 42-years-old, Maxine is living out the rest of her days under a secret identity to the outrage of viewers.

It is unknown where Maxine is.


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