- Billie Jo Jenkins murder is investigated by Detective Superintendent Jeremy Paine.
- Conviction of Siôn Jenkins. Jeremy Paine becomes Head of Sussex Drugs Squad.
- Jeremy Paine becomes a Crimewatch presenter and a media celebrity.
- January 2000:
- First appeal dismissed. Jeremy Paine is the star of ‘Trail of Guilt’, a BBC film glorifying Sussex Police’s conviction of Siôn Jenkins.
- July 2000:
- Jeremy Paine speaks about the case at a Forensic Science Society conference with three pathologists (whose evidence was later discredited at Appeal).
- Jeremy Paine leads the Sarah Payne investigation.
- Jeremy Paine becomes Head of Sussex CID.
- Jeremy Paine launches the Child Rescue Alert initiative after visiting California to research a similar operation.
- Jeremy Paine is called in to advise on the Milly Dowler case.
- Jeremy Paine becomes Head of Sussex Police Crime Management Department
- Jeremy Paine speaks at a Forensic Science Society conference on How the media affects the Criminal Justice system.
- Jeremy Paine, Chief Superintendent, in charge of Operation Otter.
- Jeremy Paine becomes Divisional Commander, Brighton.
- Jeremy Paine becomes Assistant Chief Constable for Sussex and Vice Chair of the Sussex Criminal justice Board.
Over these years Siôn Jenkins — who did not kill Billie-Jo — suffered immeasurable losses, while Jeremy Paine’s gains were many.
Meanwhile, Billie-Jo’s killer remains undetected.
One man’s cloud has certainly been another man’s silver lining.