Luther creator believed for years that he'd murdered homeless man while drunk

Luther creator believed for years that he'd murdered homeless man while drunk

The writer of Luther has told a chilling tale of how he was convinced for years that he’d committed a crime that had never actually taken place.

Neil Cross, who penned the Idris Elba-fronted detective series, explained that he believed he had murdered a homeless man during a drunken night out.

The incident never actually took place, but Neil shared that he’d had “no sense of it being a dream” when he woke up the morning after the night out.

Ahead of his much-anticipated new drama The Sister, which will air on ITV, Neil told the story to a digital press event.

“I was very young, I was 16 or 17 and I was out of my head on rough cider in Bristol… we used to drink rough cider in gallon containers because it was 32p a pint,” the 51-year-old recalled.

Neil told the story during a press event

“I was making my way back to my sister’s house and there was a shortcut and you could either walk round a very long road – this huge sprawling council estate – or you could take a shortcut through the woods, through [to] these concrete steps through the woods.

“I woke up with a very, very clear memory of coming across a homeless man asleep on the steps who I randomly stabbed to death.

“I woke up the next morning and there was no sense of it being a dream, I just remembered doing it. To the extent I lived in degrees of fear certainly for the next week.”

Russell plays the lead in Sister

It will air later this month on ITV

He added: “For years and years – I genuinely find this difficult to talk about – even now there is one per cent of me which is troubled by the memory of it.

“When the Internet was invented one of the first things I did, when I became aware of what search engines were, was search the old newspapers. So yeah that was the inspiration.

“I didn’t do it if anybody’s wondering.”

The Sister airs later this month, starring Russell Tovey, and is largely based on Neil’s haunting “memory.”


This post first appeared on mirror.co.uk

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