Luther writer Neil Cross feared he had stabbed a homeless man to death

Luther writer Neil Cross feared he had stabbed a homeless man to death when he was a teenager after waking from a drunken night out

By Eleanor Sharples For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:00 BST, 15 October 2020 | Updated: 00:04 BST, 15 October 2020

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The creator of TV drama Luther has revealed he lived in fear for years because he believed he had stabbed a homeless man to death when he was a teenager.

Neil Cross has admitted he has a ‘very clear memory’ that he killed someone on his way home after a night out in Bristol when he was 16 – and that he had ‘no sense of it being a dream’.

The 51-year-old screenwriter is best known for BBC psychological crime drama Luther, in which Idris Elba plays the lead role.

Neil Cross, pictured, who wrote the hit BBC crime drama Luther starring Idris Elba admitted he thinks he may have stabbed someone to death when he was 16, but a search of old newspaper cuttings showed that no such crime had taken place

Neil Cross, pictured, who wrote the hit BBC crime drama Luther starring Idris Elba admitted he thinks he may have stabbed someone to death when he was 16, but a search of old newspaper cuttings showed that no such crime had taken place

Idris Elba, pictured with Wunmi Mosaku, starred in the hit BBC show playing the lead character Detective Chief Inspector John Luther

Idris Elba, pictured with Wunmi Mosaku, starred in the hit BBC show playing the lead character Detective Chief Inspector John Luther

Mr Cross made the revelation during a virtual press event for his new ITV drama The Sister. It is adapted from Mr Cross’s own novel, Burial, which he said was inspired by his macabre memory. He said that once the internet was commonplace – despite knowing he didn’t actually kill anyone – he had trawled through old newspaper cuttings to be sure.

Explaining where the idea for the story came from, Mr Cross said: ‘I was very young, I was 16 or 17 and I was out of my head on rough cider in Bristol... we used to drink rough cider in gallon containers because it was 32p a pint.

‘I was making my way back to my sister’s house and there was a shortcut and you could either walk round a very long road – this huge sprawling

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