A wife killer was denied parole after appearing in a BBC documentary protesting his innocence.
Banker Glyn Razzell enlisted miscarriage of justice campaigners and his case featured in BBC2 show Conviction, Murder in Suburbia.
But it backfired when the programme failed to turn up sufficient leads – then parole chiefs said it could have upset his grief-stricken in-laws.
Razzell, 61, had his case taken up by Louise Shorter, of the group Inside Justice, which has helped to overturn a series of wrongful convictions.
But the team failed to find sufficient evidence that could help clear Razzell, who was jailed for life over the 2002 murder of wife Linda, 41, in Swindon.
And parole documents released to the Sunday Mirror show Razzell’s release was blocked after the 2018 programme, which is still on iPlayer.
The judgment said he showed an “apparent lack of empathy towards your family and hostility towards one of the victim’s family members… this is evidenced by your commitment to the documentary, apparently disregarding its likely impact on the family.”
A source added: “Razzell has been in an open jail for four years and is convinced of his innocence. He was sure the programme would help but it proved nothing but a hindrance.”
Razzell and Linda were in a divorce fight when she vanished. She had won a court order freezing his assets after he stopped paying maintenance.
Blood found in the boot of Razzell’s car matched Linda’s DNA.
In 2019 police carried out a dig after new information, but found nothing.
Razzell insists Linda left him and their four children to start a new life.
He was one of the first to have his release blocked under Helen’s Law – which makes it harder for killers to walk free if they keep the location of victims secret.
It came after a fight by Marie McCourt, 78, whose daughter Helen, 22, was murdered in 1988. Her killer was freed without revealing her whereabouts.
Parole papers reveal Razzell criticised the law, claiming “it forces the authorities and treatment of prisoners who maintain innocence into redundancy.”
Parole chiefs also said Razzell’s “false” claims of innocence means he remains a danger to women.