BBC doc reveals chilling videos posted by killer Jake Davison

A new BBC documentary on the Plymouth shootings of 2021 will feature chilling YouTube video footage from gunman, Jake Davison
-Credit: (Image: BBC Three/YouTube)

A series of haunting videos and online posts shared by the gunman behind the UK's largest mass shooting in over a decade have now been revealed, in a new BBC documentary set to air tonight (Thurs).

Jake Davison, 22, took the lives of his mother Maxine, 50, as well as Stephen Washington, 59, Kate Shepherd, 66, and father and daughter Lee and Sophie Martyn, aged 43 and three, before he finally shot himself dead, on August 12, 2021, in Keyham, Plymouth.

And now, a harrowing documentary on BBC Three will delve into how Davison came to carry out a sickening atrocity.

The one-off episode features interviews with those who knew Davison, as well as people connected to the case - such as PC Printer, the first police officer on the scene of the tragic incident, and Scott Martyn, who lost his brother Lee and niece Sophie to the shooting.

But it also includes a compilation of YouTube videos and online forum posts shared by Davison in the 12 months leading up to the event - which highlight his deteriorating state of mind, and his growing connection to the incel movement.

Incel, short for 'involuntarily celibate', is a deeply misogynistic ideology that is seemingly growing at an alarming rate, and has been linked to violent extremism.

And just one month before his shooting spree, Davison had posted a video to his YouTube channel calling out women for being "very picky" and "very simple-minded".

Jake Davison shot and killed five people, including his mother, before taking his own life, in August 2021
Jake Davison shot and killed five people, including his mother, before taking his own life, in August 2021 -Credit:Erin Black/PlymouthLive

In the clip, he said: "Women are very picky. They do not want, need, or find average men attractive. This is the point. You best believe [when it comes to] who they let have sex with them, they're far more selective.

"Name me one example, one time, where a woman has genuinely got with, genuinely loved and desired, like she does Chad, like she falls head over heels for Chad, the same as for a 5'4 f**king fat, balding, ugly man. Never has it happened once. Never."

A 'Chad' is defined in relationships slang as a stereotypical alpha male, depicted as attractive, successful, muscular, and very popular among women.

In previous posts shown in the documentary, Davison had bemoaned not having kissed a girl, and still being virgin at the age of 22 - and even blamed his mother for playing a part in this.

In one post he wrote: "The thing is, women's pickings and entitlement are leading so many half decent men to be incels. I'm 22, 6 foot tall, have a decent job, yet I'm a virgin incel at 22. Feel my mother has played a role in being a male virgin."

Elsewhere, he complained: "I feel like a girl could not like me. Can't attract a woman at all, still a male virgin at 22. Never had a gf [corr], kissed a girl. Can't get a single match on Tinder, online dating I get absolutely nowhere at all."

And in more than one post, he described his mother, Maxine, as "dysfunctional", writing: "I haven't come across a single mother household that wasn't dysfunctional, and/or the kids had some kind of dysfunction. I'm sorry but single mothers cannot properly raise children by themselves."

However, in another video, posted earlier, around the summer of 2020, Davison blames his own "stupid" mental barriers for keeping him from getting together with girls.

Sat in front of the camera in his room, he explained: "I have had girls into me. F**king stupid, ridiculous mental barriers.

"For me, a lot of the reason I didn't was because I was fat as f**k. I sit there and think, how can I be on top of this girl with my fat thighs, my fat stomach... urgh.

"And now as an adult I'm in male environments, and because I'm autistic or whatever you want to call it, I'm not very social. I'm naturally quite asocial, so I don't have big social circles where I know I can meet girls and connect up with girls.

"I sure I hope I can make up for those lost years. I don't think you truly can, but maybe I can hopefully come to a point in my life where I'm content."

The documentary details how in May 2021, just three months before his shooting spree, Davison was self-harming and struggling with his body image, and his mother contacted mental health services - but no referral was made.

In a video around this time, Davison expressed: "I just don't have any willpower to do anything anymore. I'm so beaten down and defeated by f**king life, that drive that I once had, that's gone now."

You can watch the full documentary tonight (Thurs) at 9pm on BBC Three.