Case 114

Elisa Claps & Heather Barnett

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Case 114

Elisa Claps & Heather Barnett

On September 12 1993, the Claps family were preparing for a relaxing Sunday ahead. It was a sunny day in their hometown of Potenza, a mountain city in the Basilicata Region of Southern Italy. Parents Antonio and Filomena were looking forward to spending the day off from the tobacconist they ran in the centre of town and had travelled to the family’s rural property 27 kilometres south-west of Potenza in the small village of Tito.

Whilst it was only a basic and modest abode, their country house provided a haven to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the family cherished the quality time they were able to spend together there. They looked forward to their Sunday lunches, filled with lively conversation and home-cooked meals. Devout Catholics, the Claps were well liked within their local parish and were a warm and loving family who supported each other at every turn.

This particular Sunday, Antonio and Filomena were joined in Tito by their second born son, 20-year-old Luciano. The trio were preparing lunch in anticipation for the arrival of the remaining two Claps children – eldest son 24-year-old Gildo and the baby of the family, 16-year-old Elisa. The pair were due to arrive just after midday, along with one of Elisa’s friends – Eliana De Cillis…

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode written by Elsha McGill

Episode researched by Mike Migas and Paulina Szymanska

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

The Cutter – Michael Litchfield, 2011

Blood on the Altar – Tobias Jones, 2013

Out For Blood: 18 Authentic True Crime Stories of Murder and Mayhem – Gary C. King, 2016

 

PAPERS:

R v OMAR BENGUIT, 2014 

Secretary of State For the Home Department and Danilo Restivo, 2016

 

VIDEOS:

The Haircut Killer Netflix UK

A Fetish for Murder – BBC3

How they caught: Danilo Restivo – Crimewatch

The Ultimate Killer Collection – Stewart Andel

How Police Caught Killer – ODN

Man Guilty of Grisly Murder – ODN

Britain’s Most Evil Killers (S02E10: Danilo Restivo)

 

ARTICLES:

 

‘Whole life’ term for hair fetish killer – The Independent

Danilo Restivo guilty of teenager murder – The Independent

Timeline: Danilo Restivo trial – The Guardian

Danilo Restivo’s murder conviction is just the tip of the iceberg – The Guardian

Danilo Restivo verdict should reopen third murder case, say campaigners – The Guardian

How Danilo Restivo was caught – The Guardian

Man with hair fetish murdered and mutilated his neighbour, court hears – The Guardian

Danilo Restivo to spend life in prison for murder of ‘inhuman depravity’ – The Guardian

Heather Barnett jury hears more live evidence from Italy – Bournemouth Echo

Heather Barnett jury told of ‘deliberate false alibi’ by Danilo Restivo – Daily Echo

Restivo jury hears DNA evidence – Daily Echo

Killer Danilo Restivo fighting plans to deport him to Italy by claiming right to family life – Daily Echo

Heather Barnett murder: Danilo Restivo ‘would kill again’ fears – BBC

‘Hair-in-hand’ killer Danilo Restivo in appeal – BBC

Danilo Restivo’s whole life tariff reduced to 40 years – BBC

Evidence on Jeremy Kyle show ‘proves wrong man jailed for murder’ – The Telegraph

Discovery of Italian girl’s remains could solve British murder mystery – The Telegraph

Missing girl Elisa Claps’s body ‘found in church roof’ – news.com.au

Law chiefs to discuss Omar Benguit’s bid for freedom – Daily Echo

Student killer’s case reviewed as Danilo Restivo is made a suspect – Daily Echo

Anti-Mafia police in Italy investigate bullets sent in post – Daily Echo

Legal team claim Danilo Restivo, not Omar Benguit, was Oki’s killer – Daily Echo

Doctor who treated injury on Danilo Restivo’s hand gives evidence from Italy – Daily Echo

‘I wish I could see them’ – Daily Echo

Strands of hair found in Elisa Claps’ hands – Daily Echo

Elisa Claps’ brother is angry at role of ‘accomplices’ – Daily Echo

Omar Benguit murder case sent to appeal court – BBC

Omar Benguit appeal fails as murder conviction upheld – BBC

Opening of extradition proceedings adjourned until circa the year 2050

Young Lives Torn Apart – Daily Echo

Girl saw man cut hair on bus – Daily Echo

Mummy’s Dead – Daily Echo

Trial Jacques Rançon: “This verdict, we had waited for 20 years”, welcomes the lawyer of the civil parties

‘No link’ between brutal murders – BBC

Majorca killing case reopened – Telegraph & Argus

Erika Ansermin è morta anche per il Tribunale – La Stampa

Student killer’s case reviewed as Danilo Restivo is made a suspect – Daily Echo

Legal team claim Danilo Restivo, not Omar Benguit, was Oki’s killer – Daily Echo

Omar Benguit murder case sent to appeal court – BBC

Omar Benguit appeal fails as murder conviction upheld – BBC

Omar Benguit’s family could launch new appeal over murder of Jong-Ok Shin – Daily Echo

Omar Benguit’s conviction for murdering Jong-Ok Shin could be overturned today – Daily Echo

£1m of taxpayer’s money spent on foreign language interpreters by Dorset Police and the CPS – Daily Echo

Heather Barnett’s killer Danilo Restivo loses appeal with Italian courts – Daily Echo

Killer Danilo Restivo fighting plans to deport him to Italy by claiming right to family life – Daily Echo

Caso Claps, chiuso il processo a Salerno contro il genetista Vincenzo Pascali – La Citta

 

OTHER:

The Missings of Perpignan

Danilo Restivo Crime Files

Potenza – Italia.it

Potenza – Made in South Italy

Potenza – Potenza.it

 

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On September 12 1993, the Claps family were preparing for a relaxing Sunday ahead. It was a sunny day in their hometown of Potenza, a mountain city in the Basilicata Region of Southern Italy. Parents Antonio and Filomena were looking forward to spending the day off from the tobacconist they ran in the centre of town and had travelled to the family’s rural property 27 kilometres south-west of Potenza in the small village of Tito.

Whilst it was only a basic and modest abode, their country house provided a haven to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the family cherished the quality time they were able to spend together there. They looked forward to their Sunday lunches, filled with lively conversation and home-cooked meals. Devout Catholics, the Claps were well liked within their local parish and were a warm and loving family who supported each other at every turn.

This particular Sunday, Antonio and Filomena were joined in Tito by their second born son, 20-year-old Luciano. The trio were preparing lunch in anticipation for the arrival of the remaining two Claps children – eldest son 24-year-old Gildo and the baby of the family, 16-year-old Elisa. The pair were due to arrive just after midday, along with one of Elisa’s friends – Eliana De Cillis…

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode written by Elsha McGill

Episode researched by Mike Migas and Paulina Szymanska

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

The Cutter – Michael Litchfield, 2011

Blood on the Altar – Tobias Jones, 2013

Out For Blood: 18 Authentic True Crime Stories of Murder and Mayhem – Gary C. King, 2016

 

PAPERS:

R v OMAR BENGUIT, 2014 

Secretary of State For the Home Department and Danilo Restivo, 2016

 

VIDEOS:

The Haircut Killer Netflix UK

A Fetish for Murder – BBC3

How they caught: Danilo Restivo – Crimewatch

The Ultimate Killer Collection – Stewart Andel

How Police Caught Killer – ODN

Man Guilty of Grisly Murder – ODN

Britain’s Most Evil Killers (S02E10: Danilo Restivo)

 

ARTICLES:

 

‘Whole life’ term for hair fetish killer – The Independent

Danilo Restivo guilty of teenager murder – The Independent

Timeline: Danilo Restivo trial – The Guardian

Danilo Restivo’s murder conviction is just the tip of the iceberg – The Guardian

Danilo Restivo verdict should reopen third murder case, say campaigners – The Guardian

How Danilo Restivo was caught – The Guardian

Man with hair fetish murdered and mutilated his neighbour, court hears – The Guardian

Danilo Restivo to spend life in prison for murder of ‘inhuman depravity’ – The Guardian

Heather Barnett jury hears more live evidence from Italy – Bournemouth Echo

Heather Barnett jury told of ‘deliberate false alibi’ by Danilo Restivo – Daily Echo

Restivo jury hears DNA evidence – Daily Echo

Killer Danilo Restivo fighting plans to deport him to Italy by claiming right to family life – Daily Echo

Heather Barnett murder: Danilo Restivo ‘would kill again’ fears – BBC

‘Hair-in-hand’ killer Danilo Restivo in appeal – BBC

Danilo Restivo’s whole life tariff reduced to 40 years – BBC

Evidence on Jeremy Kyle show ‘proves wrong man jailed for murder’ – The Telegraph

Discovery of Italian girl’s remains could solve British murder mystery – The Telegraph

Missing girl Elisa Claps’s body ‘found in church roof’ – news.com.au

Law chiefs to discuss Omar Benguit’s bid for freedom – Daily Echo

Student killer’s case reviewed as Danilo Restivo is made a suspect – Daily Echo

Anti-Mafia police in Italy investigate bullets sent in post – Daily Echo

Legal team claim Danilo Restivo, not Omar Benguit, was Oki’s killer – Daily Echo

Doctor who treated injury on Danilo Restivo’s hand gives evidence from Italy – Daily Echo

‘I wish I could see them’ – Daily Echo

Strands of hair found in Elisa Claps’ hands – Daily Echo

Elisa Claps’ brother is angry at role of ‘accomplices’ – Daily Echo

Omar Benguit murder case sent to appeal court – BBC

Omar Benguit appeal fails as murder conviction upheld – BBC

Opening of extradition proceedings adjourned until circa the year 2050

Young Lives Torn Apart – Daily Echo

Girl saw man cut hair on bus – Daily Echo

Mummy’s Dead – Daily Echo

Trial Jacques Rançon: “This verdict, we had waited for 20 years”, welcomes the lawyer of the civil parties

‘No link’ between brutal murders – BBC

Majorca killing case reopened – Telegraph & Argus

Erika Ansermin è morta anche per il Tribunale – La Stampa

Student killer’s case reviewed as Danilo Restivo is made a suspect – Daily Echo

Legal team claim Danilo Restivo, not Omar Benguit, was Oki’s killer – Daily Echo

Omar Benguit murder case sent to appeal court – BBC

Omar Benguit appeal fails as murder conviction upheld – BBC

Omar Benguit’s family could launch new appeal over murder of Jong-Ok Shin – Daily Echo

Omar Benguit’s conviction for murdering Jong-Ok Shin could be overturned today – Daily Echo

£1m of taxpayer’s money spent on foreign language interpreters by Dorset Police and the CPS – Daily Echo

Heather Barnett’s killer Danilo Restivo loses appeal with Italian courts – Daily Echo

Killer Danilo Restivo fighting plans to deport him to Italy by claiming right to family life – Daily Echo

Caso Claps, chiuso il processo a Salerno contro il genetista Vincenzo Pascali – La Citta

 

OTHER:

The Missings of Perpignan

Danilo Restivo Crime Files

Potenza – Italia.it

Potenza – Made in South Italy

Potenza – Potenza.it

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Article – Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more

Calm – Get 25% off Calm Premium subscription 

Quip – Get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush

Oh My Gut – Get more info about IBS-C

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