His death started the largest murder investigation in the show's history.
The reception then moved on to Home Farm. After Tom and Rosemary were introduced to their guests, Jimmy and Matthew started a fight with their brother Carl over Tom's decision to leave his business to Carl after retirement, which Jimmy had overheard. The brawl spilled out into the reception during the bride and groom's first dance, which Tom had to break up. While Tom was giving his wedding present to Rosemary, Chas Dingle arrived, uninvited, and revealed that Tom had paid her to end her relationship with Carl before she was removed.
Meanwhile, Tom's enemies Bob and Jamie Hope sneaked into the house. While separated, Bob encountered Tom and was about to hit him with a vase but couldn't, and left to find Jamie. While the firework show was going on, the housekeeper, Pearl Ladderbanks, went looking for Tom and heard an argument between Tom and someone else, but never found out who. Soon afterwards, Tom crashed through a window and fell to his death. During the commotion, Jamie got away, but Bob was spotted by Jimmy and Matthew and caught and held until the police arrived, at which point Bob was arrested.
After Bob was released on bail, he confronted Jamie, suspecting that Jamie was the killer. After seeing Jamie burning his clothes, Bob went to the police and confessed. However, Jamie told the police that his father had fled before anything happened, and the police were forced to release Bob for lack of evidence. The police questioned many other people, including Terry Woods, Len Reynolds, Chas and Eli Dingle, and Rosemary, before questioning Tom's sons. Ultimately, all three sons were arrested for conspiracy to murder Tom King when fibres were found on the murder weapon, fibres that matched what the three boys were wearing on the day of Tom's murder.
In a world first, the whole storyline is fully interactive allowing viewers the opportunity of becoming super sleuths to help solve the crime via a dedicated ITV online portal. Launched in November, it consists of blogs, clues, secret e-mails and voicemails. Emmerdale Online is being created for ITV by Branded Storytelling producers Hoodlum.
The viewer will be taken inside the show and have direct online interaction with the storyline. The cast will be seen trying to piece together the murder and their findings will, in turn, be immediately available for viewers to tap into online.
To add to the mystery, and for the first time ever, Emmerdale filmed 10 secret scenes, each showing a different suspect committing the murder and therefore enabling 10 different possible outcomes. As a result, even the cast and crew don’t know who the killer really is.
From the official "Who Killed Tom King?" website:
You've lied. You've cheated.
The law can't get you.
So I will.
Each of the ten suspects filmed a scene killing Tom King. None of them knew if they were the killer or not.
In this secret eleventh ending, Carl and Matthew held their father still, while eldest brother Jimmy whacked Tom over the head with the horse statuette that figures in all eleven murder scenarios.
The second part of Tom King's final video shows Tom speak of Len Reynolds and how he doesn't know his three sons as well as he thought.
The third, and final, part of Tom King's final video shows Tom speak of Chas Dingle, Rosemary and Grayson Sinclair and why he thinks everybody hated him so much.
Some users of the website have contacted Watchdog regarding several issues on the site, such as:
The list above may have been caused by too many users attempting to use the site at any one time.
Due to the sketchy writing and very little research, the storyline has received a mauling from television critics and hardcore viewers. The main complaint from either side is that, the storyline has dragged and the lack of interesting suspects.
Because of the reasons above, certain members of the murder hunt set up a petition. Which can be accessed Here
On 17th May the King boys were set to stand trial for their father's murder. Also back in the Emmerdale was celebrating the village's 500th anniversary with special celebrity guest, Katherine Jenkins. Although they are acquitted, the brothers have an argument afterwards, in which Carl confesses and describes the details of the crime.
Carl revealed that he entered his father's room on Christmas night and that an argument had broken out. Tom repeatedly bad-mouthed Chas, Carl's beloved ex-financeé. Carl was furious that Tom had paid Chas to leave him. He'd also called her a 'two-bit stripper'. He picked up a statuette and, on the spur of the moment, whacked him over the head with it. He then pushed his father away, sending him smashing through the window to his death. Carl emphasised that it wasn't premeditated and that he had just lashed out. Matthew was, obviously, far from understanding. He said that their dad destroyed his relationship with Sadie, the love of his life, but he managed to avoid killing him.
This brought an end to the Who Killed Tom King? storyline.