The nation is on tenterhooks to find out who killed little Lucy Beale in the greatest (and most dragged out) murder story on Albert Square since Phil Mitchell took a bullet on his doorstep. Every soap lover in the country fancies themselves as the number one detective, but with a whole army of suspects in the frame – who killed Lucy Beale? And more importantly, with all the murders, break-ins and crime in Walford, how do any of them realistically afford house insurance?
To try to narrow down the potential murderers in the Beale case, we’ve picked out six of the characters in the frame and given you a quick brief of why they’re a suspect. Take your pick and get up to speed – it’s the only thing people will be talking about next week.
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A group of opportunistic punters believe they have solved the TV crime of the decade last week. Paddy Power was forced to slash the odds on Ben Mitchell as Lucy’s killer from 8/1 into 5/2 after several chunky three figure bets were placed simultaneously across a number of Paddy Power shops in central London. But after Wednesday’s run of betting which saw Billy Mitchell come from nowhere to become the prime suspect in Lucy’s murder, little Bobby Beale is back as the favourite following the latest episode.
Jane and Bobby Beale have pushed Ben and Billy Mitchell to third and fourth place at 5/1 and 6/1 respectively, as the mystery deepens.
With Paddy Power taking £50,000 of bets since Wednesday afternoon the UK has turned into a nation of detectives, with punters putting their money where their mouths are for the soap world’s biggest ever whodunnit.
- Over £180,000 has been staked on the market with even more to come
- A Bobby Beale payout would cost Paddy north of six figures
- Abi Branning remains the most backed by punters overall, but Fatboy is now Paddy’s biggest worry with a toe curling six figure pay-out due to lucky punters if he turns out to be guilty
- On Wednesday there were some massive punts on Billy Mitchell who had to be cut from 80/1 to 4/1 second favourite temporarily
It really could be anyone, and no doubt the Eastenders script-writers will be gearing up a complete surprise for Thursday’s reveal. The question is though, will you be the one to crack the case?