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Murder in the graveyard : a brutal murder. A wrongful conviction. A 27-year fight for justice
2019
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Summary

A gripping true crime investigation into the longest miscarriage of justice in British legal history.

In September 1973, Stephen Downing was convicted and indefinitely sentenced for the murder of Wendy Sewell, a young legal secretary in the town of Bakewell in the Peak District. Wendy was attacked in broad daylight in Bakewell Cemetery. Stephen Downing, the 17-year-old groundskeeper with learning difficulties and a reading age of 11, was the primary suspect. He was immediately arrested, questioned for nine hours, without a solicitor present, and pressured into signing a confession full of words he did not understand.

21 years later, local newspaper editor Don Hale was thrust into the case. Determined to take it to appeal, as he investigated the details, he found himself inextricably linked to the narrative. He faced obstacles at every turn, and suffered several attempts on his life. All of this merely strengthened his resolve: why should anyone threaten him if Downing had committed the crime?

In 2002, Stephen Downing was finally acquitted, having served 27 years in prison.

Immerse yourself in this masterful account of Hale's long, dedicated and often dangerous campaign to rescue a long-forgotten victim of the British legal system; the longest miscarriage of justice in British history.

'An Extraordinary story of innocence and persecution, determination and grit ... it had me rattling through the pages' SOPHIE DRAPER

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Table of Contents
Cast of Charactersp. ix
Map of Bakewell Cemeteryp. xii
Introductionp. 1
1'Stephen Who?'p. 5
2The Downingsp. 12
3What Ray Sawp. 23
4The Confessionp. 30
5The Witnessesp. 39
6Stephen's Versionp. 47
7Believing the Beebesp. 59
8The Running Manp. 80
9Persons of Interest: Mr Orange, Mr Oulsnam and Mr Redp. 90
10Who Was Wendy Sewell?p. 105
11Anatomy of a False Confessionp. 118
12On the Trail of Mr Orangep. 131
13Walking with Witnessesp. 136
14The Bombshellp. 158
15The Smoking Gunp. 164
16Getting to Know Stephen Downingp. 184
17Face to Face at Lastp. 199
18Just Because You're Paranoid Doesn't Mean They're Not After Youp. 210
19Walking In Robert Ervin's Shadowp. 220
20Clandestine Meetingsp. 234
21Battling Bureaucracyp. 244
22The Tea and Cakes Departmentp. 258
23The Cover-Upp. 265
24Multiple Murdersp. 274
25The National Interestp. 280
26The Waiting Gamep. 286
27The Longest Dayp. 300
28Face to Face Againp. 306
29Welcome Homep. 316
30Freedomp. 325
Epiloguep. 331
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