Delroy Grant Documentary: The Night Stalker was based on the real-life journals of Colin Sutton, and he was a real-life criminal who appeared on the show.
In his 17-year reign of terror, Delroy Grant established himself as Britain’s most notorious rapist, causing hundreds of elderly people in southeast London to live in constant fear. Between 1992 and 2009, it is estimated that he may have attacked as many as a thousand female victims.
Grant would sneak into their homes through open windows or by completely removing a pane of glass from a windowpane. Prior to entering the victim’s room, he attempted to conceal his presence by removing lightbulbs, turning off the electricity at the meter, and yanking out telephone wires from the room.
Delroy Easton Grant is a Jamaican musician who was born in 1957. Grant’s mother abandons the family when he is two years old, leaving him in the care of his elderly grandparents.
Grant’s father, a devoted Christian, decides to relocate his family to the United Kingdom after realizing that the streets of Jamaica may not be the ideal environment for a young kid to grow up in. Grant lands in the United Kingdom when he is 15 years old, and his criminal career begins shortly after.
Initially known for petty stealing, he soon progresses to more serious offenses such as burglary and armed robbery and eventually ends up in prison for armed robbery. In 1975, he meets the woman who would become his first wife, Janet Watson. They are engaged in less than two weeks. When Janet gets married, she believes she has met her own prince charming; however, things take a drastic turn for the worst after the ceremony.
Janet learns that Grant has a fixation with tidiness and the ability to be in complete command. She discovers that knives and forks must be stored in the proper drawer and that watermarks are not permitted. If any are discovered, she will be beaten.
His victims ranged in age from 68 to 93 years old, with ten of them being men. While he may be aggressive at times, he could also be incredibly compassionate with his victims, kissing them or whispering to them.
The Night Stalker program began in the early 1990s, but it wasn’t until 1998 that a specialized police unit was established.
Despite the fact that he did the same thing over and over, the locations of his attacks were all over the place, making him impossible to predict.
In 1999, a witness noticed a car near one of the incidents and took the license plate number down from the dashboard. When the authorities searched it, they discovered that it belonged to Delroy Grant; however, officers mistakenly identified it as belonging to another Delroy Grant who was already in the system.
Grant was able to continue his attack, which included at least 140 other victims, and he would not be apprehended for another 12 years.
“It was a simple mistake that resulted in horrible results,” said a spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission.