Dunedin’s Head of Psychiatry thought he was clever enough to commit the perfect murder…and he almost got away with it.
In the television thriller of the year Screentime and TVNZ reveal the true story of one of the most evil crimes in New Zealand history.
In November 1999, emanent Head of Psychiatry at Otago Hospital Dr Colin Bouwer, put a murderous plan into action. He wanted his wife out of the way and over three months he poisoned her with prescription medication, causing a slow and painful death monitored by the man she loved. It was going to be the perfect crime.
Andrew Bowers, a young consultant physician, never expected that he would stumble upon a murder in process. Following on a gut instinct, he determinedly pursued the truth. Putting his career on the line and his reputation in question, he refused to back down even under pressure from his colleagues.
It was down to Bowers and Detective Brett Roberts dogged pursuit of the truth that eventually uncovered Annette Bouwer’s cold-blooded murder by her husband, an evil man with a Mensa IQ who thought he was smarter than anyone else in New Zealand.
Starring Mark Mitchinson, Nathalie Boltt, Craig Hall.
Dir: Peter Burger
Writing Credits: Paula Boock & Donna Malane
Sarah Valentine portrayed a Psych Nurse.
New Zealand Film and TV Awards 2011
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor: Craig Hall