CHURCHFIELD MURDER, The true story of the 1905 brutal murder in St Michaels, Kent dubbed the "Tenterden Murder".
ISBN: 979-8842577545 144pp £11.00 + £2.00 p&p Also available from Amazon bookstore.
The year 1905, the date 18 June, a small hamlet in deepest rural Kent, the body of a man abandoned in a meadow with his throat cut from ear to ear and his skull caved in, a band of Algerian hawkers in the area, Kent’s best homicide detective leading the case, a painstaking investigation and manhunt, national newspaper coverage, a sensational false confession, a misdirected trial, and a cast of real 1905 villagers as witnesses. What more could you want in a true murder mystery.
“Of all the places in the world, the little Kentish village of St Michaels near Tenterden would be the last place with which one would associate the strange and ghastly discovery that was made there on Sunday afternoon.” The Daily Chronicle, 20 June 1905
Who was this victim who had laid there for 30 hours undiscovered? Who killed him in such a savage way and why? Drawing on a wealth of true witness testimonies, court and inquest reports, newspaper articles and local knowledge the author has managed to piece together a compelling story of the murder through the eyes of all those who took part in the events. This remarkable and tragic story has all the elements of a fictional murder mystery, but it is all true.