PRESUMED DEAD The True Story of an Unsolved Mystery

Author: Chapman (Eunice)
Year: 1998
Publisher: Aidan Ellis
Edition Details: Reprint (1st pub. 1992)
Book Condition: F.
ISBN: 085628291X
Price: 35.00
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Softcover. An Autobiography. The picture-postcard resort of Salcombe in Devon makes an unlikely setting for a mystery. Yet it was to become the base for the biggest missing-persons inquiry the country had ever seen. One evening in 1974 the recently widowed Eunice Chapman met a charming man named John Allen, newly moved to Devon with his wife Pat and their two young children Jonathan and Vicky. Shortly after they began an affair. Allen's wife went missing, followed within days by the two children. Allen swore that she had gone of her own free will - and that the children were staying with an aunt. But when none of them reappeared in over a year, the police launched a full-scale search. Only then did Eunice learn the dramatic story of Allen's bigamous past. For 12yrs Eunice Chapman stood by John Allen, her faith in his innocence unshakeable as first the police and then the press drew a complete blank. The rumours gradually died down, but when by chance Eunice heard some incredible stories Allen had told, she finally began to question what she had always believed. Pat, Jonathan and Vicky Allen have never been seen again. What really happened to them? In this extraordinary book, Eunice Chapman recreates her life with an amazing conman, and presents the facts about one of the country's greatest unsolved mysteries. 232pp. trade size softcover. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. with no creasing to covers.

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