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Town Without Pity Don Hale

Town Without Pity By Don Hale

Town Without Pity by Don Hale

Condition - Very Good
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The story of Stephen Downing, aged 17 but with the mental age of 11, who was wrongfully imprisoned for the brutal murder of Wendy Sewell in Bakewell in 1973. A local newspaper editor, Don Hale, fought tirelessly against hostile opposition to piece together the truth and to secure Stephen's release.

Town Without Pity Summary

Town Without Pity by Don Hale

In 1973 in the picturesque market town of Bakewell, in a graveyard Wendy Sewell was brutally and bloodily murdered. Stephen Downing was then seventeen, but had the mental age of eleven, and was working as a gardener in the graveyard. He was taken to the police station, interrogated for 9 hours without access to a solicitor and signed a confession he could not read. Forever afterwards and during his 27 years in jail he maintained his innocence, even though he was offered his freedom if only he would say he was guilty. Here was a picture of innocent suffering. While in prison he educated himself, and wrote an account of the day of the murder and what had followed. Six years ago the editor of the local newspaper, a former professional footballer called Don Hale, was approached by Stephen Downing's parents. He began to learn of all the evidence, including witness statements, which seemed to show a version of the events of the day of the murder, which contradicted the official version - evidence which the police had seemed to discount. Who was the blond man seen running away from the murder scene covered in blood? Which married local bigwigs had been having affairs with Wendy Sewell? H

About Don Hale

Don Hale is the provincial newspaper editor who has spent over six years investigating the murder of Wendy Sewell. Don Hale has been named Journalist of the Year.

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Town Without Pity by Don Hale
Used - Very Good
Short-listed for CWA Macallan Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2002
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