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Landscapers: Chilling story of the Mansfield murders where couple killed parents

NEIGHBOURS of Patricia and William Wycherley believed the couple had left their sleepy village near Mansfield — but really they were dead and buried in a shallow grave in their own back garden.

They’d been shot dead by their own daughter, Susan — who Olivia Colman is now playing in her new drama, Landscapers.

Susan and Christopher Edwards murdered Susan's parents in a calculated 1998 قتل

Susan and Christopher Edwards murdered Susan’s parents in a calculated 1998 قتل

Susan Edwards, with the help of her husband Christopher, murdered her parents in order to plunder their bank accounts, splurging thousands on celebrity autographs and other Hollywood memorabilia.

The couple managed to get away with their crime committed in Forest Town, Notts., ل 15 سنوات, forging letters and documents to make it seem as though the Wycherleys were still alive.

But eventually their elaborate web of lies unravelled and they handed themselves in to cops in Lille after fleeing to France.

Now Oscar-winning actor Colman, 47, is taking the lead role in a four-part series written by her husband, Ed Sinclair, about the murders.

Olivia Colman was recently spotted filming scenes for the new drama series Landscapers

Olivia Colman was recently spotted filming scenes for the new drama series Landscapersالإئتمان: UniquePictures.co.uk

“We’ve never worked together before, I think I might not do it again!” Colman said on Dermot O’Leary’s podcast, الناس, Just People.

We’ve never had a fight in 26 years but this might be the thing that does it.

“There was quite a frosty moment when I said something and he went, ‘We’ve had a huge meeting about that and it’s not my first rodeo, actually’.”

This is the shocking true story behind the drama series — which landed the Edwardses in prison for life.

Dumped in a shallow grave

The couple’s grim plot to get away with murder began with a bang on the May bank holiday weekend of 1998.

Christopher shot Patricia and William Wycherley twice with a Second World War revolver inside the back bedroom of the victimssemi-detached home.

Christopher and Susan Edwards were both sentenced to life in prison for the double-murder

Christopher and Susan Edwards were both sentenced to life in prison for the double-murderالإئتمان: السلطة الفلسطينية:رابطة الصحافة
William Wycherley was shot dead along with his wife Patricia, who has not been pictured

William Wycherley was shot dead along with his wife Patricia, who has not been picturedالإئتمان: مذكرة

Neighbours would later testify they’d seen Christopherup to his waistdigging in the garden that day — he was digging their graves.

Under the cover of darkness, he and Susan wrapped the pensionersbodies in a duvet and carried them downstairs and into the garden where they buried the couple.

With the Wycherleys gone, the Edwardses set about covering up their cold-blooded crime in a deceit which would last 15 سنوات.

They would regularly travel from their own home in Dagenham, east London, up to the house near Mansfield to maintain the garden.

A police officer outside the house near Mansfield where the Wycherleys were shot dead

A police officer outside the house near Mansfield where the Wycherleys were shot deadالإئتمان: Caters News Agency
Christopher buried the Wycherleys in the garden in 1998 - their bodies were found in 2013

Christopher buried the Wycherleys in the garden in 1998 – their bodies were found in 2013الإئتمان: السلطة الفلسطينية:رابطة الصحافة

Christopher would pose as the Wycherleysnephew and the killers told neighbours and relatives their victims had moved away to various places, including to Ireland for thegood air”.

They also wrote letters and cards pretending to be the Wycherleys to keep the ruse rolling.

واحد 2005 letter purportedly from Patricia declining an appointment at a chest clinic said she wasfeeling betterand was staying with relatives.

And in a 2011 Christmas card sent to relatives about her parentstravels in Ireland, Susan said itis good to see them with such zest”.

بالطبع بكل تأكيد, they’d already been dead and buried for 13 سنوات.

Killed for cash

Investigators would later argue the Edwardses had been motivated to carry out their crime by two things: money and revenge.

It’s thought that the Wycherleys had kept an inheritance from Susan’s step-grandmother that was meant for Susan, and the murders were part of a dark plot to reclaim the cash.

Susan sent Christmas cards to relatives suggesting her parents were still alive

Susan sent Christmas cards to relatives suggesting her parents were still aliveالإئتمان: Nottinghamshire Police

On the first working day after the killings, Susan swiped £40,000 from her parentsaccounts.

في النهاية, the couple would end up stealing some £286,285 from their victims.

They did this by diverting the Wycherley’s pensions and benefits to themselves, and they even applied for loans and credit cards in the dead couple’s name.

And the Edwardses pocketed £66,000 from the sale of the Mansfield house where the Wycherleys were secretly buried.

A Commando Colt .38 calibre revolver which cops believed was used to shoot the Wycherleys

A Commando Colt .38 calibre revolver which cops believed was used to shoot the Wycherleysالإئتمان: مذكرة
A letter Susan sent to the Wycherleys' niece, suggesting 'father' was still alive in 2007

A letter Susan sent to the Wycherleysniece, suggesting ‘fatherwas still alive in 2007الإئتمان: السلطة الفلسطينية:رابطة الصحافة

Despite the cash grab, they still ended up owing £160,000 to creditors at the time of their arrest thanks to splurging thousands on strange items — including signed photos of 1950s film star Gary Cooper.

They didn’t lead a particularly lavish lifestyle,” Det Ch Insp Rob Griffin, of the East Midlands major crime unit, قال ال بي بي سي.

It would seem that the vast majority of their money was spent on memorabilia, on authenticated autographed items on people that they admired.

Its staggering to think that’s what they spent their money on, but that’s what they did.

Justice served

Eventually the money ran out — and their lies came crashing down as they asked another relative for cash.

As Mr Wycherley’s 100th birthday approached, the Department for Work and Pensions wrote to him requesting a face-to-face interview.

A signed photo of Gary Cooper on which the Edwardses spent some of their ill-gotten gains

A signed photo of Gary Cooper on which the Edwardses spent some of their ill-gotten gainsالإئتمان: مذكرة

Susan and Christopher found the letter and panicked, fleeing London for Lille in northern France.

هناك, they quickly ran out of money and Christopher called his own elderly stepmother asking for cash, relaying a wild story about why they’d fled.

He said Mrs Wycherley had shot her own husband, and then Susan had shot Mrs Wycherley after being provoked.

Instead of going along with it, Christopher’s stepmother called the police, who in turn found the bodies buried in the garden.

The garden as it looked in 2014 - the Wycherleys had been buried near the fence

The garden as it looked in 2014 – the Wycherleys had been buried near the fenceالإئتمان: Paul Tonge – الشمس

A month after the murder investigation was launched in 2013, Det Ch Insp received a surprising email marked high importance — it was from Christopher.

Later on today we are going to surrender ourselves to the UK Border Force Authorities at the Eurostar terminal at Lille Europe station,” يقرأ.

We would prefer to do this … since my wife is already sufficiently frightened. Please could you notify the UK Border Force at Lille Europe so that they may expect us.

They were arrested and, at trial back in Britain, they admitted obstructing a coroner in the execution of his duty and pleaded guilty to theft of a credit balance from a bank account.

Olivia Colman and David Thewlis play Susan and Christopher Edwards in Landscapers

Olivia Colman and David Thewlis play Susan and Christopher Edwards in Landscapersالإئتمان: UniquePictures.co.uk

But they stuck to their story about the killings, denying that they’d murdered the Wycherleys.

They were found guilty في 2014, with the judge calling Susanan accomplished liar and a fantasist”.

The Edwardses were sentenced to life with a minimum of 25 years each.

A release date for Landscapers has yet to be announced but filming on the Sky Atlantic and Now TV show is underway.

Alongside Olivia Colman, David Thewlis stars as Christopher.

This is without doubt the very finest project I have worked on for many years,” says Thewlis, who played Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter films.

“Everything about Landscapers is magical, there is nothing like it and I’m impatient to get to work so that its brilliance can be shared with the rest of the world.”

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