Driver who murdered 8-year-old boy and then moved in with his parents 'gave himself away' in TV interviews

Darren Vickers abused and murdered 8-year-old Jamie Lavis in 1997 in Openshaw, Greater Manchester before moving in with his parents and 'substituting' for their son

                            Driver who murdered 8-year-old boy and then moved in with his parents 'gave himself away' in TV interviews

A new documentary by Investigation Discovery has revealed that a bus driver who murdered a young boy and then made friends with the child's parents to keep a close watch on the police investigation was caught after he gave himself away in TV interviews. Darren Vickers became friends with, groomed, and abused eight-year-old Jamie Lavis before he murdered him in 1997 in Openshaw, Greater Manchester. 

The killer bus driver, who had initially said that he was the last person to see Jamie alive when he gave him a lift on his bus, strangely joined the search parties looking for the child. He even went on TV and said that he was representing Jamie's devastated parents, John and Karen Lavis.


Vickers was later put in jail for the child's murder and was sentenced to 25 years behind bars in 1999. The new documentary series 'Faking It: Tears Of A Crime' has gone through the statements that Vickers made when the search for the boy was going on in an effort to show the public how he gave himself away and was arrested.

Cliff Lansley, a body language expert, said that the killer showed that he was lying at the time by shaking his head repeatedly and also shrugging his shoulders at times when he was talking to reporters. He says in the episode: "The head shake is tiny but its a gift to a body language analyst because those tiny gestures are below consciousness and they leak the contradiction to the statement he is making."

Language experts in the meantime, have revealed that the man refused to name his victim in any of his statements to keep himself far away from the crime. The case was very bizarre also because he was able to successfully become a part of the lives of his victim's parents. He made it look like he was desperate to help out with the search.


Jamie's parents shockingly allowed him to move in with them and even did the weirdest thing by moving out of their own bedroom so that he could stay there while the search for their son was going on. Experts have shown a photograph of him with the parents and he looks like he has substituted their son in the family. Lansley says: "He was a viper in the nest."

The authorities have said in the documentary that Vickers was an adept manipulator, so much so, that they were believing him to the same degree they believed the detectives on the case. Vickers will able to apply for parole only a little over five years from now. Officers have stressed in the documentary that he is never allowed outside of prison. Senior investigating officer on the inquiry, Roy Rainford, says: "Darren Vickers should never be released. He will be a danger to children."

Faking It: Tears Of A Crime will be broadcast on November 9 at 10 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery channel (Sky 154, Virgin 170 and BT TV 324).