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The Sun Hill Serial Killer was a major storyline from ITV's cop show The Bill. Known originally as the "River Murders", the storyline spanned several months in 2002 and served as the exit for popular cast regular Cass Rickman (played by Suzanne Maddock). It was the first of several serial killer storylines from the show. Events came to a head in the New Year of 2003, when Acting DI Samantha Nixon discovers the truth and is taken hostage by the serial killer, before a final confrontation in which she is overpowered by DC Duncan Lennox, charged and thrown into the cells at Sun Hill Station.
All the victims of the killer featured prominently in various episodes.
The Sun Hill Serial Killer was finally revealed to be Patricia "Pat" Kitson (played by Alexandra Gilbreath). An unstable woman who had been obsessed with her own brother (a journalist and love interest of the final victim, Cass). He also played a prominent role in the series. He kills himself in prison after being falsely charged with the murders in the concluding episode of the storyline. Pat kidnaps Acting Detective Inspector Samantha Nixon, intent on making her the seventh victim. She confesses to Nixon about the murders revealing she saw them as rivals for her brother's affections. She also confesses to being responsible for the murder of her brother's first wife because she wasn't good enough for her brother. At the police station, PC Nick Klein lashes out at Pat and hits her, yelling that he trusted her and that Cass' mum had the decency to thank her for coming to the funeral in Liverpool, when she was the serial killer all along.
The high ratings of the Serial Killer storyline spanned two similar storylines, in which other members of the cast were written out. The Sun Hill Gay Serial Killer storyline saw the exit of PC Lance Powell and the Sun Hill Sniper storyline saw out long-time favourite PC Kerry Young.