Released: September 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: David J A Bell
A collection of solved and unsolved murders from Derbyshire.
The murders are recounted in a factual analysis of the events leading up to the murder and how the perpetrators were tracked down, tried and what punishment was handed down. The murders span many hundreds of years, the most recent being the 70s.
Following the murder of a woman in 1973, a young Bakewell man was found guilty of the crime. When the editor of a Derbyshire newspaper took up his claim that he was innocent, the investigation made international headlines. The conviction was eventually found to be unsafe and the man was released after having been in prison for 27 years. If he had not continued to claim his innocence throughout his prison sentence, he would have been released ten years earlier.
Also included is a case where the son of a vicar shot dead a policeman during a wild escapade, and the killing of a strange travelling conjuror nicknamed Mexican Joe.
There is also the account of how a courageous Derby grandmother fought for eighteen years to bring the murderer of her granddaughter to justice. She was eventually successful in her quest. Add in the murders of a Repton baker, and a young lady who had changed her mind about her engagement, plus the death of Knocky Stone, a much-respected Spondon man, and the reader will find much of interest in the crimes that have occurred in the county of Derbyshire.
Derbyshire Murder Stories is a family title and does not include graphic details of events. There are some images of the location where the murder took place or photographs of the perpetrator.
David J A Bell