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Who Killed the Bears?

Punt PI, Series 6 Episode 4 of 4

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 07 September 2013

Steve Punt investigates the killing of two performing bears by a mob in the Forest of Dean in 1889, following unfounded rumours that the animals had killed a child.

For years, the people of Ruardean took the blame for the brutal slaying of the bears but always protested their innocence. Punt examines the evidence, asking if those convicted were victims of a miscarriage of justice.

Punt explores the documents, questions the locals and calls in the experts - aiming to establish the truth once and for all.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.


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