About Chris Summers


Total crime is a true crime website which was founded by Chris Summers, (pictured below, with retired Scotland Yard detective Colin Sutton at Crimecon UK in September 2022.)

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Chris is an experienced crime reporter who started out in local newspapers in 1990 and got his big break when covering the Fred and Rose West murders at the Gloucester Citizen. He covered the trial at Winchester Crown Court and put together a special supplement which was published after Rose was convicted.

He spent 18 years at the BBC before leaving and in that time interviewed Stanley “Tookie” Williams (co-founder of The Crips) on Death Row at San Quentin – Williams was executed two years later – and also met the “Rettendon Two” (Jack Whomes and Mick Steele) in prison while researching the alleged miscarriage of justice they suffered.

Among the trials he covered were the Securitas Robbery case, the Operation Crevice terrorism trial and the trial of the 21 July 2005 London failed suicide bombers.

He left the BBC in 2015 but still works as a crime reporter and frequently appears as a crime and policing expert on TV and radio.

He has appeared on several true crime podcasts, including Nicola Tallant’s Crime World, and in the spring of 2022 he produced a 10-part series of YouTube films, called London Crime Stories (see episodes below).

He is available for media work, especially for true crime documentaries and consultancy work and can be contacted at totalcrime70@gmail.com

Totalcrime’s compilation of databases were created by and curated by Chris Summers, from his own records. They remain his copyright.

Totalcrime welcomes contributions from the public. If you believe you have a true crime story which deserves exposure, contact Chris at the email address above or via @totalcrime on Twitter.