MURDER ON THE A34

Author: Hawkes (Harry)
Year: 1970
Publisher: John Long
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st edn.
Book Condition: NrF/G.
ISBN: 0091029600
Price: 70.00
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Hardback. Foreword by Arthur Rees, Chief Constable, Staffordshire County and Stoke-on-Trent Constabulary. 'One of Britain's biggest-ever manhunts followed the kidnapping of little Christine Darby in August 1967. She was given a lift by a stranger in broad daylight, only yards away from her home, and driven to a lonely wood on Cannock Chase - just a few miles away along the main A34 trunk road. There she was savagely assaulted and murdered. Christine's killing struck terror into countless hearts, for it happened against the background of two other girls being murdered earlier in the same area - murders for which no culprit had been brought to justice. The anatomy of a murder hunt which became a classic example of relentless police determination is vividly described, together with the unsolved investigation preceding it and the trial of Christine's murderer, Raymond Morris. The story of the massive child-killer hunt is a tribute not only to Scotland Yard's Murder Squad and local police officers, but also to countless thousands of ordinary people throughout Britain who played some part, however, small. As Crime Reporter on the 'Birmingham Evening Mail', the author was giving on-the-spot coverage to all the police operations throughout the case and writes from first-hand experience.' Illus., Map eps + Index. 191pp. 8vo. h/back. V. lightly foxed edges o/w Nr. F. with bright gilt lettering in G. only dw. which has sl. sunned sp., sl. frayed edges, creased inside flaps, front of which has 2 largish notches to lower edge. Scarce.

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