An eerie silence engulfed Capita this month when top brass informed the workforce that Myra Hindley was among them.
No, the child murderer has not risen from the grave. Actress Hazel Mrozek, a part-time staffer at Capita's revenues and benefits business, has taken on a role playing Hindley in an upcoming TV programme.
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In a note to staff seen by El Chan, Capita confirmed Mrozak had re-enacted Hindley's "prison years" in a three-part documentary - Myra Hindley: The Untold Story.
The programme was shown on Channel Five last week and this, with the final episode to be screened on 31 July.
Capita said this was the most "challenging role" that Mrozak has taken on to date - even compared to the software and managed services operation she undertakes during the daytime.
"It was difficult to get into the mindset of a manipulative murderer," said Mrozek in the staff memo, adding that she was glad to have not portrayed the Moors murderer in the earlier years of Hindley's life.
Hindley snuffed it in a Suffolk Hospital in 2002 aged 60. She died of a chest infection after spending 36 years in prison. She asked for her ashes to be scattered secretly instead of having a marked grave, to deter revenge-seekers.
Capita IT Services has released calendar half year numbers, with sales falling two per cent to £229.4m compared to £234m in the previous year. This did not include inter-company trading, which was £53.6m this time around, versus £45.8m in Q2 2012.
The underlying profit before tax was £10m, up from £7.7m a year ago.
Some Capita IT Services staff are to strike on Friday over a pay dispute. ®