Town With Blood On Its Hands

A real life Derbyshire case of justice denied, mentioned in the Stephen Booth book (Already Dead).

murder-in-the-graveyardIn trying to find out more about this murder case from 1973, that I first saw mentioned in Booth’s 2013 novel,  I discovered that a book about it was published only a couple of months ago and that there’s also recent podcast series available.

I’ve now ordered the book, (Murder in the Graveyard by Don Hale), and when I get the time I’ll try to access the podcast.

Here’s an old Guardian article about the case.

Guilty secrets of town with blood on its hands by Amelia Hill (11 Feb 2001)

Stephen Downing walked free last week, 27 years after being jailed for the murder of Wendy Sewell. His conviction is certain to be quashed. But if he is innocent, then who is guilty? Amelia Hill reports from Bakewell, which has known the truth all along.

For 27 years, the small town of Bakewell has been living with guilt. Children born long after the horrific events of that chilly, sunny day cheerfully rattle off the tale of the young woman with questionable morals who was murdered in the graveyard on the edge of town and how a gentle, mentally disabled boy was fitted up for the crime.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2001/feb/11/ameliahill.theobserver
I also found this documentary on YouTube.

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