A new seven-part Audible Original podcast follows a 12-month investigation into what life was really like for recruits at the notorious Princess Royal Barracks in Deepcut, Surrey, where sexual and physical abuse is alleged to have been widespread.
Death At Deepcut also reveals new evidence about the camp which has not previously been made public.
The series meticulously and sensitively examines the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Privates Sean Benton (aged 20), Cheryl James (aged 18), Geoff Gray (aged 17) and James Collinson (aged 17) which took place between 1995 and 2002 at Deepcut army barracks. All four recruits died from gunshot wounds and, according to the Army, their deaths were all suicides.
The year-long investigation was led by award-winning TV producer and investigative journalist, Jane MacSorley and retired Detective Chief Inspector, Colin Sutton, who was previously tasked in 2002 with leading the investigation into two of the four deaths.
MacSorley and Sutton conducted hours of interviews, analysed court transcripts and spoke to forensic experts, uncovering new information which has brought to light serious allegations connected to at least one of the deaths.
Jane MacSorley said: “With this being my fifth investigative project on the suspicious deaths at Deepcut, I was most determined and committed from the very outset to discover further new evidence. Never, though, did I think for one second that we would have uncovered what we did for this Audible series. That moment of discovery will stay with me for a very long time.”
Colin Sutton said: “The opportunity to work again on the case which has haunted me for 20 years was always going to appeal to me. To be able to do it with Jane and have great support and encouragement from Sarah, John and Phil made it even better. And to top it off, as well as recounting the story in detail, we even discovered new surprises. I am proud of what we have achieved.”
John Battsek, who produced the series added: “Working closely with Jane and Colin to craft the series has been an amazing journey. This story is as shocking and important as any of the subjects we have previously tackled in our documentaries. To have been able to tell this one in podcast format has been challenging and rewarding in equal measure. We’re excited to launch the series on Audible.”
Death at Deepcut, an original podcast, is available for Audible members to download from tomorrow, 12 June.