13 answers we need to identify the Broadchurch killer

Feature Louisa Mellor 15 Apr 2013 - 07:00

With two episodes to go, we round-up the remaining question marks in the Broadchurch case. Speculation ahoy...

Spoiler warning: as ITV has kept episodes seven and eight of Broadchurch under wraps, the below contains no actual spoilers, just plenty of speculation on how the ending might unfurl.

At 10pm this evening, we’ll be one hour closer to finding out who killed Danny Latimer. Like those of Nanna Birk Larsen and Laura Palmer before her, young Danny’s murder has preoccupied the minds of a healthy chunk of TV viewers for the past six weeks, keeping us guessing, theorising, and mumbling about poor Vince the Labrador in our sleep. 

With just two episodes of the Scandi-inflected small town murder remaining then, let’s put our heads together on the vital answers needed to deduce the identity of Broadchurch’s killer…

Before we start, it should be said that this round-up is indebted to the tireless work of commenters on a range of online forums. Good people of the internet, we salute you!

Who syphoned off the tractor diesel, and why? 

Back in episode one, we first met DI Hardy (David Tennant) grumbling his way through a hick case. A local farmer had reported that agricultural diesel had been syphoned out of a tractor, the thief or thieves having used wire cutters to access the fuel. It was an easily dismissed detail, possibly no more than an introduction to Hardy’s brusque manner and his ‘why did I ever come to this backwater’ attitude, until you consider the following.

Those of you who grew up rural might know that tractor diesel is dyed red in the UK to distinguish it from motor diesel. Now think back to the opening shot of Broadchurch, one repeated since then in the ‘Previously on’ montages, and what did we see? A young boy - we assume Danny - stood atop a cliff, his hands dripping with what at first glance looked like blood, but on second glance much more closely resembled red-dyed agricultural diesel.

If it was tractor diesel dripping  from those hands, then why weren’t any traces discovered on the body by the pathologist? Perhaps because Danny’s corpse had been thoroughly cleaned using a household cleaning product before it was discovered.

It's worth remembering that the boat owned by Ollie Stevens’ absent father, used to transport Danny’s body post-murder, was set alight using some kind of propellant - possibly tractor fuel. If the diesel was key to Danny’s death in some way, using it to burn other evidence would be double bubble for the killer(s).

Just one more thing: Was Danny involved in some kind of fuel theft ring as an extra strand of income? Would that be lucrative enough to earn him the £500 discovered in his bedroom?

What happened on that paintballing trip? 

DS Miller (Olivia Colman) was visibly perturbed in episode six when she learnt that unbeknownst to her, husband Joe had allowed Tom to go on a paintballing trip at the end of March with Ollie, Nige, Mark, and Danny.

Aside from revealing that there are secrets between the blissfully content Millers, the trip is likely to be key to unravelling the story of Danny’s murder for two reasons. Firstly, there’s the fact it involves so many of the case’s main players: there’s crossbow Nige, dad Mark (still with two hours of his time on the night Danny died unaccounted for, don’t forget), seemingly naive Ollie, and the two young boys. 

The second reason the paintballing trip must be important is tied into our next line of enquiry…

Just one more thing: Ollie tells Ellie that they didn’t seek her permission as it was assumed she wouldn’t allow Tom to play with weapons. On the subject of weaponry, what role might Nige’s Labrador-erasing crossbow have to play in all this?

What was the content of the text messages Tom Miller deleted from that smartphone? 

Ollie tells DS Miller the paintballing trip took place during a hot spell in late March. Broadchurch gumshoes might assume the specific date was the 28th of March, because the early hours of the 29th was the time shown on screen that the text messages Tom Miller deleted were received. If something transpired on that trip between the two boys to turn them from best friends to enemies and inspire the early morning texting, what was it?

Also intriguing is that received just minutes after the texts from “Danny” on that smartphone, were two from “Mum”, received at 3.41am. If that was Tom’s phone, were those texts from Ellie Miller? If it was Danny’s missing smartphone - and why might there be messages labelled “Danny” if so? -, were the texts from Beth Latimer? Most likely, had the number been misleadingly labelled “Mum” to avoid suspicion, and in fact, belong to someone in contact with the two boys for nefarious drug smuggling/diesel syphoning/blackmailing reasons? There's also the matter of the deleted computer files that our Tom attempted to dispose of with that rock to consider.

Just one more thing: DS Miller slept in Tom’s bed after returning home late from work early on in the case and seeing Tom and Joe asleep together. Was the phone still underneath his pillow? Did she discover it?

Is ‘psychic Steve’ really supposed to be psychic? 

He was right about the boat, but there are plenty of real-world explanations for that, ditto the teasing mention of Hardy being forgiven for "the pendant" with reference to the Sandbrook case (we assume). So far, Broadchurch has kept its feet on the ground when it comes to the supernatural, so let's hope Will Mellor's Steve is just another fame-seeking charlatan.

Just one more thing: It’s been suggested by canny commenters that ‘psychic’ Steve’s work as a telephone engineer may have given him access to information about Danny’s  murder via a less spiritual source, i.e. he’s been doing a News of the World and listening in.

Is Jude the Obscure a clue? 

Jack Marshall (whose life, marked as it was by socially unacceptable marriage, child-death, community hounding, and eventual suicide, reads itself very much like the plot of a Thomas Hardy novel), may have provided us with a literary clue to Broadchurch’s resolution. In the interrogation room, Marshall told Hardy with no small amount of disdain, that on the night of Danny's murder, he was alone and reading Jude the Obscure.

Once Marshall mentioned Jude the Obscure, Broadchurch’s Wessex setting, and the presence of a lead character named Hardy, was enough to send some viewers off in pursuit of meta-fictional clues to Danny’s death. Jude is a tale of tragic marriage, suicide, death, miscarriage, child-murder, and a child murderer. Could everything we need to solve the case rest inside the pages of a Victorian novel?

Just one more thing: If Jude the Obscure is a template for Broadchurch, the finger points towards young Tom Miller or Chloe Latimer as being the guilty party, though the pathologist did say Danny was strangled by large male hands, meaning an adult accomplice, Tom’s father Joe, or Dean Thomas say, would have been required.

What causes the Latimer family’s clocks to stop? 

On the morning we meet the Latimer family, it’s mentioned, with no explanation, that their clocks stopped at around 3.20am on the morning Danny was murdered, causing Beth to oversleep. Danny was caught on the town CCTV skateboarding at 3am and his time of death was estimated at not long after that, meaning that the Latimer clocks stopped around the time Danny died.

The stopped clocks could be explained as a magical realism-style metaphor for the stasis into which a family that loses a child is thrown, but ‘psychic’ Steve aside, Broadchurch has stayed in the rationalist realm thus far, so a power-cut is more plausible an explanation. If the clocks were stopped deliberately on the night Danny died, then for what reason, and by who?

Just one more thing: The only problem with the power-cut theory is that the alarm clock on Beth’s bedside table looked more battery-powered than mains-connected, though we're no experts.

What is DI Hardy’s diagnosis? 

Hardy, as his anonymous doctor pal told him a few episodes ago, is dicing with death by continuing to work the Broadchurch case. Blackouts, dizzy spells, hospital visits, medication, and stress-induced collapses at precisely the wrong moment all put into question his ability to solve the case, even before the Sandbrook muck-raking begins. Just what is wrong with Hardy though? A ticking time-bomb aneurysm perhaps? 

Just one more thing: In this dramatic twist-obsessed time, it's been whispered that Hardy may be Danny's killer and the still-uncaught murderer in the Sandbrook case, those blackouts underlining his mental instability. A twist indeed...

Where is the missing Broadchurch Echo sports day photographer? 

Ollie returned to the Broadchurch Echo from the school sports day in episode one having taken his own camera phone pictures as the official photographer had failed to show up. Dismissed by editor Maggie as notoriously unreliable, where was that photographer, and why haven’t we heard about him since? Does editor Maggie, who reported on the Yorkshire Ripper case in the early eighties, know more than she’s letting on?

Just one more thing: Was it us or did the camera linger on Ollie’s on-screen photographs just a little? Could he have captured a clue of some kind in them? Or might there be other incriminating photos on Ollie’s phone, now uploaded to a computer in the Echo offices?

What is the significance of Danny’s social media messages? 

Danny’s social media accounts were trawled for information, throwing up some interesting tidbits from the months before he was killed. One such message read “I know what he’s doing”, another, “Dear Dad, remember me? I’m the one you used to play with?”, and the most worrying, “Going to get a lock on my door, keep all this crap out”. Is this portrait of an unhappy father/son relationship just pre-adolescent angst, or the fallout of an actual fall out?

Just one more thing: If daughter Chloe had noticed her father flirting with Becca Fisher, then Danny may well have known about the affair too (“I know what he’s doing”). Did he catch his Dad with Becca on the night he was killed?

Who owns the murder hut? 

Two sets of keys exist for the hut presumed to be the site of Danny’s murder, one held by caravan-dweller and potential witness protection subject Susan Wright (aka Elaine Jones), the other held by the owners, who are… who exactly? Anthony Ryan is the only name we’ve heard, but there’s yet to be a face put to that name. If the hut was where Danny was killed, wouldn’t you think we’d have met the people who own it by now?

Just one more thing: Unless we missed it, the precise location of Mark Latimer and Becca Fisher’s tryst hasn’t yet been confirmed. We know they met in the cliff-top car park, but did they go onto the hut to do the deed? That would place them at the site of the murder on the night of Danny’s death.

Was Jack telling the truth about Danny’s argument with the postman? 

So far, Broadchurch has told its story chronologically, with only three out-of-sequence scenes: the repeated clip of Danny on the cliff-top, Mark’s dream about comforting a wet-haired Danny, and a flashback from Jack Marshall’s perspective, remembering an early morning argument between Danny and what’s assumed to be a postman. Jack’s death appears to have proven him innocent of the murder (either that, or we’re facing a very unsatisfactory finale), so what reason would he have to lie about the postman?

Surely the final two episodes will take us back to the night of Danny’s murder, and perhaps even earlier, to the paintballing trip, and later, to that very argument, if indeed it took place.

Just one more thing: Broadchurch’s postman, Kevin, had an alibi for the night of Danny’s murder. If not the postie, then who could it have been Jack saw Danny with? Any takers for ‘psychic’ Steve Connelly?

Why did Danny have two mobile phones and £500 in cash? 

Unless paper-rounds are much more of a money-spinner than they were in my day, we have to assume that Danny received the £500 found taped to his bed frame either as hush money or payment of some kind. The obvious choice for payment is drug-running, though the cash could equally be the profits of a blackmailing enterprise by the young victim. We also know from sometime IT teacher Reverend Paul that Danny and Tom are naturals with computers, so it’s also possible that the boys had some kind of online money-making scheme.

Incidentally, we should remember that the cocaine wrap - since explained as having been sourced for a couple of down-from-Londoners at The Traders Hotel - was found in Chloe’s room, not Danny’s. Can, though, we trust Chloe and Becca’s version of events, or might the pair have had some reason to lie to the police about the drugs?

Just one more thing: £500 in cash was the same amount Nige offered Susan to clear out of the town. Did he give the monkey to Danny to keep him quiet after the paintballing trip?

Who left four high tar cigarette butts where Danny’s body was found? 

Chain-smoking dog-walker Susan Wright is the prime suspect here, but hasn’t editor Maggie also been seen with an electronic cigarette? And didn’t DS Miller bring back a Duty Free packet of smokes for a colleague from her holiday?

Just one more thing: Speaking of the Miller family holiday, did they return to the UK the day before Ellie went back to work? If so, that would put her, Joe and Tom out of the country in the three weeks leading up to Danny’s death, but back in Broadchurch in the precise twenty-four hours he was killed.

That concludes our summary of the major gaps left in our knowledge of the events of Danny's murder. Now it’s over to you…

Broadchurch continues this evening, Monday the 15th of April on ITV1, and concludes next week on Monday the 22nd of April at 9pm. Read our episode reviews, here.

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The theories on editor Maggie are certainly interesting. She's been a character who's lurked in the background throughout without ever really being under suspicion. If it does turn out to be her, and with Broadchurch's theme of presenting the press as evil bad guys, then i hope the motive is a bit more than to simply sell some newspapers.

At the end of episode six, and I am hoping this is a bit too obvious as I'd hate to have worked it out so early, I think Joe Miller is the prime suspect. My main reason for saying this is the phone call Ellie Miller received during the climactic chase at the end of the episode. Miller received a call on her mobile at exactly the right moment to distract her so the person they were chasing could jump out on her and escape. It wasn't revealed who the call came from but it is conceivable that it came from Joe if he was the one hiding as he knew who was chasing him and that it would cause the distraction he needed.

Tom Miller could be covering up his Father's tracks, or had a hand in proceedings. If Danny latimer was feeling estranged from his own father then he may have formed a bond with Joe, perhaps on this paintballing trip, which may have made Tom resent him and turned their friendship sour. Perhaps Tom feels that he is reconnecting with Joe by helping him cover up what he had done....for whatever reason.

I hope with two hours to go that there are still plenty of spanners that can thrown in the theory works. Broadchurch has been a truly excellent series and I hope it's finale delivers the amazing quality it's had so far.

Damn! You are REALLY good! Most of this stuff went right past me while I was watching the series.

I thought it was the boy and that grups were covering for him. Wobbled a bit after last ep.

I think it has something to do with Ollie the news paper reporter he wanted a story! Susan and the plumber man nige have history and she is going to try to set him up!

I think you mean Joe.

What about Ellie's sister? Is she connected somehow? The boat belonged to her husband after all.

Looking a lot like it's a member of Ellie's family though. Gutted.

I don't buy Steve Connely as psychic, on that basis he must have been involved in the other murder case at Sandbrook because he knew about the evidence. I think he is toying with Hardy but I don't think he killed Danny nor do I think the person on the beach killed Danny. The person on the beach was either Nige or Tom's dad. I also think that the reason for Nige ringing Danny's dad was a warning to Danny's dad, the conservation was too weird. Short list: Danny's dad/ tom's dad, can't be Tom do to police report about size of hands etc. Finally there are alot of weak characters who have their own chequered pasts who are 'smoke screens' I think on this basis you can cross out the vicar, shop keeper, Nige & his mum

Did anyone one else notice though when the psychic said to Hardy she forgives you about the pendant but then in last nights episode when Hardy spoke to the reporters he said it wasnt him who lost it but his wife and he took the blame therefore wouldnt the psychic have known that?

I think its the SOCO guy that asked Ellie out even though she was married... He did seem rather curious when she said that the 'man' running away was seen and asked if she had had a good enough look...

Not sure of his name, but i have thought from day one it is husband of policewoman.

Love all the theories as I have thought the same, brill series, what have we to look forward to on Monday nights when it finishes

Since the 4th episode I've thought it was Ellie Millers husband Joe, but now I'm leaning towards Steve Connelly.

By the end of episode 3 or 4, two blatant hints had been given; and by the end of episode 6, these hints were concretely consolidated. The two 'hints' were: the husband of the female detective casually dropped a line about how many years ago he had arrived in Broadchurch; then, an episode or so later, mention was made of a similar and unsolved crime in another area several years prior. The two time-frames of each hint match. Then came the sledgehammer of Pauline Quirk's character giving the skateboard to the son of the female detective - a supposedly 'self-incriminating' action but obviously one to which there is ulterior motive that will reveal the actual culprit. So I hereby state, without any prior access to any form of spoiler and with the arrogant self-satisfied assurance of Hercule Poirot, that the killer is the husband of the female detective. Moreover, Broadchurch is a 6-parter that's been strung-out to 8 by the Script Editor.

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It is blindingly obvious and has been for some time who killed
Danny. The policewomans husband. Someone who knew Danny well. Bald
headed silhouetted man seen on the beach. Deleted emails regarding the
fact he was abusing Danny and his own son. and the BIGGEST clue of them
all was when the caravan woman said about not knowing abuse was going on
in her own home and the policewoman couldnt believe it. Well its
happening in her own home without her knowing. Easy. Still a good show
all the same.

Do you mean Joe? Tom is the boy and not bald!

Even going back to the likes of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes writer Arthur Conan Doyle most ’who done it’ plots follow a similar formula namely the reader/viewer is given a number of ’heavy’ clues pointing to one or more suspects which later turn out to be red herrings whilst the clues pointing to the real killer are either nonexistent or of a much subtler nature. So if Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall really is a cut above his contemporaries then maybe he is conning most of the great British public with a massive double bluff and it is the nuanced clues that all seem to point to Joe Miller that are the red herrings and thus the real murderer is…

More of that later but first let’s deal with who has Danny Latimer’s phone. The plot suggests that the phone is possibly currently in the possession of someone other than the killer, if that is true and Pauline Quirke‘s character (who was the first to find Danny’s body) hasn’t got it then who has and why did he have two phones in the first place? The answer to the second question is simple, the missing phone was broken a few days earlier and the other phone was a temporary replacement, and what do people do if their phone is broken they send it away to get it fixed UNLESS they know a friendly local telephone engineer who could save them the trouble - enter stage left Will Mellor as creepy Steve Connelly whose inside track on the details surrounding the murder comes not from the spirit world but from Danny’s mobile phone. The case of mistaken identity in the plot not occurring when as many believe Quirke mistook Joe Miller for Nige on the beach but instead when the shopkeeper thought that he saw Danny talking to the postman when he was actually talking to creepy Steve about the phone.

Right that’s the phone sorted let’s get back to naming the killer and just as importantly the one thing that seems to have been missing throughout the series namely the motive. Nige used to take Danny out poaching with him but my theory is that sometimes it was a bit more serious than that and that they were committing robberies - which would explain the large amount of cash found in Danny‘s room. A couple of months prior to his murder he went out on the ’rob’ with Nige and they broke into a car, the car containing the pendant and case papers relating to the other murders. A few days later Danny let this slip to his best mate Tom who tried to make him go to the police Danny refused and hence the fight and falling out with Danny threatening to do all sorts to him if he ever told his parents. Some time later whilst out poaching Danny let slip to Nige that he had told Tom so either in a fit of rage or to make sure he couldn’t blab to anyone else Nige shut him up permanently!

Who has size 10 feet - Nige!
Who did Pauline Quirke see - Nige!
Why else would Danny be out in the early hours other than to go poaching with Nige.
Q. Why was Mark Latimer so upset when he was told that Nige took Danny out poaching?
A. He knew that Nige also went out on the rob.
Why else would the press release for the last episode say “the revelations threaten to prevent the dead boy from being allowed to rest in peace.”

My God, You're good!

Further to my earlier analysis:

The deleted texts on Tom's phone were from several weeks before the Danny was killed.

So who would send anyone a text at such a stupid time (apart from apricot).

Answer: an 11 year old with something so exciting that he can't wait until the morning to tell his best mate, namely that he has been out with some bloke breaking into cars and they've found the case files for a high profile murder. I bet a pound to a penny that the texts were sent on the same night that
the car got broken into. The other texts from his mum were probably
exactly that, his mum leaving texts for him to read in the morning
saying that she had been called out because of a spate of car break-ins and that he had to get his own breakfast when he woke up or some other mundane message.

OK now this is where I go out on a bit of a limb. Danny
is killed (by Nige) because he let it slip that he'd texted his mate on
the night of the break in. After killing him Nige looks on his body for the phone coz he doesn't know that creepy Steve has it. Being unable
to find it he breaks into Danny's house (a place he knows well) to look
for it and decides it would be a good idea to switch the electricity
off at the mains in case anyone wakes up. This resets all the electronic
clocks back to 00.00 even though it is now about 4 in the morning but
when he leaves he puts the electricity back on restarting the clocks but
with the time about 4 hours earlier than it should be - hence the time showing on all the clocks in the morning.

Having been unable to find the phone either on his body
or at the house he thinks of the only other place where Danny may have
left it - the beach house, so after the police have been there without
finding it he decides to have a look for himself. Meanwhile creepy Steve
has sussed out from the text messages on Danny's phone what is going on
and is on Steve's trail and it is him who calls the
police. Steve's motive for not going to police is that he wants to make a
name for himself and also by not going to the police when he first
discovered the texts about the pendant & case file theft he is
already implicated similarly Tom also knows that he is up to his
eyeballs in pooh and that is why instead of telling his parents he tries
to delete everything off the phone and lap top.

Well that's what I think anyway.

Even going back to the likes of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes writer Arthur Conan Doyle most ’who done it’ plots follow a similar formula, the reader/viewer is given a number of ’heavy’ clues pointing to one or more suspects which later turn out to be red herrings whilst the clues pointing to the real killer are either nonexistent or of a much subtler nature. So if Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall really is a cut above his contemporaries then maybe he is conning most of the great British public with a massive double bluff and it is the nuanced clues that all seem to point to Joe Miller that are the red herrings and thus the real murderer is...
of that later but first let’s deal with who has Danny Latimer’s phone. The plot suggests that the phone is possibly currently in the possession of someone other than the killer, if that is true and Pauline Quirke‘s character (who was the first to find Danny’s body) hasn’t got it then who has and why did he have two phones in the first place? The answer to the second question is simple, the missing phone was broken a few days earlier and the other phone was a temporary replacement, and what do people do if their phone is broken they send it away to get it fixed UNLESS of course they know a friendly local telephone engineer who could save them the trouble - enter stage left Will Mellor as creepy Steve Connelly whose inside track on the details surrounding the murder comes not from the spirit world but from Danny’s mobile phone. The case of mistaken identity in the plot not occurring when as many believe Quirke mistook Joe Miller for Nige on the beach but instead when the shopkeeper thought that he saw Danny arguing to the postman when he was actually arguing
Right that’s the phone sorted let’s get back to naming the killer and just as importantly the one thing that seems to have been missing throughout the series namely the motive. Nige used to take Danny out poaching with him but my theory is that sometimes it was a bit more serious than that and that they were committing robberies - which would explain the large amount of cash found in Danny‘s room. A couple of months prior to his murder he went out on the ’rob’ with Nige and they broke into a car, the car containing the pendant and case papers relating to the other murders. This explains why Tom had a text sent to him from Danny in the early hours of the morning back in March - Q. why would he send a text at such a stupid time? A. Because he is an 11 year old with something so exciting that he can't wait until the morning to tell his best mate, namely that he has been out with some bloke breaking into cars and they've found the case files for a high profile murder. The other texts from his mum were probably exactly that, his mum leaving texts for him to read in the morning saying that she had been called out because of a spate of car break-ins and that he had to get his own breakfast when he woke up or some other mundane message. The next time that the boys met up (at the church) Tom tried to make Danny go to the police, Danny refused and hence the fight and falling out with Danny threatening to do all sorts to him if he ever told his parents - the emails on Tom’s laptop were those trying to convince Danny to do the right thing.
OK on to the night of the murder and who did it, the first clue is probably the most obvious and that is why on earth would Danny be out in the early hours of the morning other than to go poaching (or robbing) with Nige. During their poaching activities (either because of pressure from Tom or because creepy Steve has mentioned reading his texts) Danny tells Nige that he is going to tell the police, so unable to persuade him to change his mind Nige strangles him to shut him up.
Now things become tricky for Nige, Mark (Latimer) knows that Nige was out poaching that night and could work out that that he was the killer if he left the body where it was so he needs to move it. Remembering the boat that was mentioned to him during the paintball trip Nige decides to use that to place his body on the beach, he then rushes back his van gets the skateboard and carries that and Danny’s body to the boat. At this point he has also already searched Danny’s body for the phone with the incriminating texts, he is not aware that Steve has it, so decides that after moving the body he needs to get into Latimer house (using Danny’s key). Now the bit that bugged me for ages, the siphoned fuel, even before I suspected Nigel I found his claim that his van had run out of fuel as a bit lame, so why did he need the fuel? The answer was for the boat motor, the farm vehicle was a lot closer to the boat than his van and time was running out - remember he still needed to get the phone from the Latimer house.
At the Latimer house Nige decides it would be a good idea to switch the electricity off at the mains in case anyone wakes up and sees him. This resets all the electronic clocks back to 00.00 even though it is now about 4 in the morning when he leaves he puts the electricity back on restarting the clocks but with the time about 4 hours earlier than it should be - hence the time showing on all of the clocks in the morning. Having been unable to find the phone either on his body or at the house he thinks of the only other place where Danny may have left it - the beach house (which they have probably used in the past to stash some of their ‘swag‘), so after the police have been there without finding it he decides to have a look for himself.
So what about creepy Steve, being the sort of guy he his after reading the texts he decides to keep an eye on Danny to see what else he’s up to and actually witnesses the murder or at least the body being moved which would explain why he couldn't look Mark Latimer in the eyes during the opening scenes of episode 1. He is now wracked with guilt but can’t tell the police because can’t do so without admitting that he knew about the pendant theft and had said nothing. So he comes up with psychic idea to relay what he knows to the police AND also tries to help them catch Nige in the act when he breaks into the beach house looking for the phone.

Meanwhile the only other person who knows what went on Tom is scared out of his boots and knows that if he comes clean he is in deep deep pooh so instead deletes all his texts and emails.

A couple of further things, the shot of Danny with something on his hands is a symbolic image of him with the blood of the other murder victims on his hands. Danny’s guilt is also born out by the press release for the final episode “ “the revelations threaten to prevent the dead boy from being allowed to rest in peace.”

Finally on to the one thing that I haven’t yet worked out, how does creepy Steve know that Alec Hardy has been there before, maybe it is simply that he remembers him from a previous visit as a holiday maker. This moves us on to a more highly speculative theory that Hardy had a brief affair with Beth Latimer many years ago and that as a final twist of irony Danny was his son though he doesn’t know it.

I might be wrong but didn't Tom's dad look slightly horrified when he saw Tom come in holding Danny's skateboard before Ellie even saw it? Seems unlikely that he'd recognise one of his son's friends skateboard without it being important. Also, Susan actively sort out Tom knowing full welll who he was.. Joe Miller's son. Why would she do this? Does she know Joe is the killer and by handing over incriminating evidence to his own son is somehow trying to let him know that she knows? She does this despite the risk of putting herself in the frame, she must've had good reason for it.

I also think psychic Steve might be a witness and is trying desperately to help the police but can't come out and say what exactly it is he knows for whatever reasons. Either that or he was somehow involved in Danny's life before he got murdered, seems likely that he was the "postman" Jack saw Danny arguing with given the similarities with his work uniform and a postman.

Anyway, I have a feeling that there was more than one person involved, Joe Miller being the killer, but was possibly helped with moving the body by Nige who perhaps paid Tom to help him? Without Tom knowing what had happened to him, or that his own father was responsible. The only thing I can't find is a motive, they'll have to be quite a few revelations in the final episode for a motive to become clear.

I'm sure I'll be completely wrong but I've thought it was Joe Miller from episode 2, his character is one of the only characters that doesn't really have a point. There's no reason for him to have been in in it as much as he has and he hasn't been portrayed as a potential suspect, unlike others. For his role to make sense he'd have to at least have played a part in the murder imo.

"Olly's Twitter account @BroadchurchEcho is a 'protected' account. So how
did Karen look at the Tweet from Olly as it would be unlikely she was
already following him on Twitter? A production error?"

That's probably just because the tweet was from a real account (which still exists and is still set to private) and they didn't want a tweet about a fictional murder from an account claiming to be a newspaper to be searchable in case someone found it and believed it. Maybe they didn't notice the little lock symbol that appears when an account is private or didn't think anyone else would notice.

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