Catching a Killer viewers viewers as show airs victim’s body being exhumed

++ WARNING: Graphic images of corpse below ++

Tonight's Catching a Killer on Channel 4 detailed the Maids Moreton murder, and viewers were stunned by the depravity of killer Ben Field.

Field, who was an aspiring vicar, murdered his former university lecturer, Peter Farquhar.

Peter was found dead at his home in the village of Maids Moreton in 2015.

In his journals, Peter described Field as an "absolute delight" and a "dear friend", with police convinced he was "madly in love with him", as they trawled through his memories.

It was initially deemed that Peter, 69, had died after a long period of confusion and illness.

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However, doubts were later raised about Peter's cause of death, following Peter's neighbour Ann Moore-Martin, 83, falling ill and dying 18 months after Peter's death.

This saw an inquiry launched by Thames Valley Police.

Field was eventually found guilty of killing Peter for the benefit of profiting from his will. He was also found guilty of defrauding Ann out of £4,000 for a car, and £27,000 for a dialysis machine.

Oxford Crown Court heard how Field had secretively given Peter drugs and spiked his whisky, hoping it would lead to his eventual death – making it look like suicide or an accident.

To try and verify exactly how Peter died, police, with the permission of Peter's brother, exhumed his body.

The programme aired coroners taking samples of the corpse's hair in truly harrowing scenes. Coroners also looked at his stomach and that the amount of alcohol in his system would not have been enough to kill him.

Viewers were stunned by the graphic nature of the scenes.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer said: "B****y hell, an actual exhumed body pictured on #CatchingAKiller – probably unnecessary."

While another continued: "Sorry but showing the exhumed body being worked on is disrespectful to the dead and living. We can use our imagination without actually seeing it."

A third added: "I’m sorry but this shouldn’t be shown, the post mortem and exhumation of a human, this is terrible for the man's family."

Peter's brother heartbreakingly revealed in the programme that his "vulnerability was his loneliness," something Field took advantage of.

Speaking about killer Field, his brother added: "We thought we were dealing with a truthful fella who wanted to help my brother.

"Not in a million years did I expect to be talking to the police about this."

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