The Clydach Murders

A Miscarriage of Justice

Author: John Morris

Publisher: Seren

ISBN: 1781723931

Category: True Crime

Page: 288

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Is Dai Morris a brutal murderer or the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice? Author and former solicitor John Morris investigates the Clydach murders, which occurred in 1999, for which Dai Morris was convicted in 2006. In a case which shocked the country Mandy Power, her bed-ridden mother and her two young daughters were battered to death. The crime sparked a huge investigation yet the police made little progress. This widely researched book contends that Morris, convicted for the murders in 2006, is a scapegoat, an innocent man against whom justice was miscarried. No forensic evidence or DNA connected him to the crime; he was convicted because he lacked of a solid alibi, because his gold chain was found in Power’s house and because, as a man with a criminal record, he initially lied to the police. Morris’s case is to be heard in the Court of Appeal, probably in 2018, in the light of new evidence, including DNA testing and falsification of police documents. South Wales Police was notorious in the period 1980 to 2010 for false convictions on fabricated evidence. Significantly, previous suspects for the Clydach murders include former police officers, one of whom was having a lesbian affair with Mandy Power. There is every possibility that Dai Morris has suffered a miscarriage of justice. The author studied the police files and court papers, and discussed the case with key witnesses and experts. He is convinced that Morris is the victim of a conspiracy to falsely convict. The brutal murder of an entire family is a horrible thing but to compound it with an unsafe conviction shows a disrespect to the victims, to their relatives, to the family of Dai Morris and to the law.

The Clydach Murders

A Miscarriage of Justice

Author: John Morris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781723920

Category:

Page: 288

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The lives of the Power family were taken in 1999: a mother, her two daughters and their grandmother. But was an innocent man, Dai Morris, wrongfully convicted of this horrific crime? In The Clydach Murders - Miscarriage of Justice author and solicitor John Morris makes a forensic and shocking case that the police and the court got the wrong man.

Jack the Ripper

The Hand of a Woman

Author: John Morris

Publisher: Seren Books/Poetry Wales PressLtd

ISBN: 9781854115669

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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The author presents his case that the infamous serial killer was a woman.

Swansea Murders

Author: Geoff Brookes

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752493744

Category: True Crime

Page: 128

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Swansea has a dangerous past. It was a seaport where the world came to trade, where the world confronted remote small-town Wales and Swansea confronted the unknown. The grim and bloody events in this book reveal the dark heart of Swansea’s history. Local author Geoff Brookes takes the reader through each case in vivid detail, uncovering shocking stories of drunken brawls and poisonings, and plots fueled by revenge. Poor unhappy Daniel Guy, confused Thomas Nash and wretched Muriel Drinkwater are just some of the unfortunate characters that feature. Richly illustrated with archive and modern pages, this gruesome collection will fascinated anyone with an interest in Swansea’s murky past.

The Pembrokeshire Murders

Catching the Bullseye Killer

Author: Steve Wilkins

Publisher: Seren

ISBN: 1781720223

Category: True Crime

Page: 256

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The story of Operation Ottawa, the cold case detection of John Cooper for two Pembrokeshire double killings: the Scoveston Manor murder of Richard and Helen Thomas in 1985 and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path murder of Peter and Gwenda Dixon in 1989. Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Wilkins tells how he gathered a specialist team to review the murders, used cutting edge forensic techniques to prove Cooper's involvement in the crimes, and how the tv programme Bullseye led to a crucial identification. The dramatic timeline involves psychological profiling, intimidation by Cooper, the relationship between police and media in the arrest and the predicament of the victims' families during the long years when the cases remained unsolved. The combination of painstaking evidence gathering, new forensics, psychological profiling, and careful detection made Operation Ottawa the template for subsequent murder enquiries. Now, for the first time, the lead detective tells the story of how a vicious killer was brought to justice.

South Wales Murders

Author: Bob Hinton

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752483897

Category: History

Page: 280

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The hills and valleys of South Wales are some of the most beautiful areas in Britain, but even they have their dark side. Walk down the street of the pretty little village of Caio and you are walking in the footsteps of a crazed gunman who trod the same path looking for more victims. Stand and gaze at the gentleman's residence in the town of Kidwelly and think about the time four people sat down to dine - with death as the uninvited fith guest. New light is shed on these and other murder cases in this meticulously researched book.

Miscarriage of justice

an Irish family's story of wrongful conviction as IRA terrorists

Author: Anne Maguire,Jim Gallagher

Publisher: Roberts Rinehart Pub

ISBN: 9781570980060

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

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The appalling true story of an innocent Irish woman's entanglement in the battle between the IRA and British authorities documents her arrest, torture, and imprisonment and often conflicts with her portrayal in the film In the Name of the Father. Reprint. IP.

Wicked Takes the Witness Stand

A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan

Author: Mardi Link

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472051695

Category: History

Page: 448

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A twisted account of unsolved murder, vindictive prosecution, and a psychotic key witness whose testimony led to the wrongful imprisonment of five innocent men

Bloody Welsh History: Swansea

Author: Geoff Brookes

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752481959

Category: History

Page: 192

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This book explores the hidden stories of Swansea’s long and dangerous past—stories of death, shipwreck, and murder. From Romans to the Red Lady, Viking raids to English attacks, deadly diseases, factory riots, slums, cholera, and Nazi bombs, you’ll never see the city in the same way again. Did Thomas Nash really throw his daughter from the pier? Why were all those men trapped in the hold when the Caesar hit the rocks at Pwlldu? Compiled by Swansea’s own Geoff Brookes, read it if you dare!

Beautifully Cruel

Author: M. William Phelps

Publisher: Pinnacle

ISBN: 0786037296

Category: True Crime

Page: 448

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“Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers.” —Allison Brennan Iowa housewife Tracey Pittman Roberts seemed to have it all: natural beauty, three loving children, and a fairy tale second marriage to a wealthy businessman. But beneath the happy façade was a woman who used lies, manipulation, sex, ugly allegations, blackmail—and even murder—to serve her own selfish ends. On December 13, 2001, police rushed to Tracey’s home after a shooting left her vulnerable young neighbor dead. Tracey claimed it was an act of self-defense. Nine gunshot wounds—and a decades-long trail of extortion, fabrication, fraud, and intimidation—said otherwise. Ten years after the crime, Tracey’s case finally went to trial in an explosive courtroom showdown. In a searing exploration of the criminal mind, bestselling investigative journalist M. William Phelps traces the saga of a psychopath who hid in plain sight—until her wicked ways caught up with her. “Phelps dares to tread where few others will: into the mind of a killer.” —TV Rage “Phelps is the king of true crime.” --Lynda Hirsch, Creators Syndicate columnist “One of our most engaging crime journalists.” —Dr. Katherine Ramsland “Phelps treads dangerous ground like an Amazon jungle guide—fearless, compassionate, insightful.” —Geoff Fitzpatrick, Executive Producer of Dark Minds “Anything by Phelps is an eye-opening experience.” —Suspense Magazine INCLUDES 16 PAGES OF DRAMATIC PHOTOS

Justice Denied

Extraordinary miscarriages of justice

Author: James Morton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 147211941X

Category: True Crime

Page: 512

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An incisive examination by the bestselling author of The Mammoth Book of Gangs of some of the many miscarriages of justice of this and the previous century, which have seen innocent men and women found guilty, and sometimes executed. This shocking 'manual of injustice' exposes wrongful convictions and acquittals as a result of the chicanery of some forensic scientists, over-zealous or negligent police officers under pressure to get results, incompetent lawyers, lying witnesses, bribed juries, judicial blunders and feeble politicians. Sometimes, however, it is truculent and uncooperative defendants who prove their own worst enemies. It shows the mistakes that can be made in the face of a baying public and a rabid press, mistakes which have seen innocent men and women found guilty, and sometimes executed, while others have served lengthy sentences. It reveals critical flaws in criminal justice systems throughout the world (it is estimated, for example, that two per cent of felony cases in America result in wrongful convictions). Morton explores folk devils and moral panics, both historical such as the 'witches' of Salem and and much more recent cases like that of the West Memphis Three. It considers cases of race hatred, the impact of DNA, fit-ups, fake 'experts', doubtful science and the long road to the court of appeal. He also looks at what happens to the victims of miscarriages of justice, whether they go on to prosper or, as is sadly so often the case, never really recover. How did the boxer Rubin 'The Hurricane' Carter come to be wrongly convicted of a triple homicide? The alibi of Joe Hill, the Industrial Workers of the World activist wrongly executed for the murder of a Utah grocer and his son, came too late to save him from execution. On the other hand, Lindy Chamberlain (famously portrayed by Meryl Streep in A Cry in the Dark), has finally, over thirty years after the fact, had her claim that her baby Azaria was taken by a dingo at Ayers Rock in the Australian Outback upheld by a coroner. Among many other cases, Morton also considers the 1910 case of two men convicted of the murder of a man still alive in 1926, and case of the West Memphis Three, who were convicted as teenagers in 1994 of the murders of three boys in Arkansas and released in 2011 in a plea bargain after eighteen years, though the prosecution still refuses to accept their innocence.

Surviving Aberfan: The People's Story

Author: Sue Elliott,Steve Humphries Steve Humphries

Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing

ISBN: 1786237822

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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Britain and the world were shocked in October 1966 by live television pictures coming from a small mining village in Wales. They showed a human tragedy unfolding after thousands of tons of coal waste fell from a mountainside onto its primary school and surrounding houses. The majority of the 144 people killed were children under 12. After more than 50 years the survivors of that disaster -- among the worst in Britain's peacetime history -- still live with painful memories and all-too-real after effects. In this first ever oral history of the tragedy, people who were there tell their stories, some speaking publicly for the first time. Built around 27 extensive interviews, Surviving Aberfan is a story of official neglect and betrayal, horror and great sadness. But it also demonstrates how courage, hope and effort can rebuild a devastated community and move forward.

Killer Clown

The John Wayne Gacy Murders

Author: Terry Sullivan,Peter T. Maiken

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 0786033266

Category: True Crime

Page: 384

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The Real Story Of John Wayne Gacy-- By The Man Who Helped Catch Him He was a model citizen. A hospital volunteer. And one of the most sadistic serial killers of all time. But few people could see the cruel monster beneath the colorful clown makeup that John Gacy wore to entertain children in his Chicago suburb. Few could imagine what lay buried beneath his house of horrors--until a teenaged boy disappeared before Christmas in 1978, leading prosecutor Terry Sullivan on the greatest manhunt of his career. Reconstructing the investigation--from records of violence in Gacy's past, to the gruesome discovery of 29 corpses of abused boys in Gacy's crawlspace and four others found in the nearby river--Sullivan's shocking eyewitness account takes you where few true crime books ever go: inside the heart of a serial murder investigation and trial. This updated edition features new revelations that have emerged using DNA evidence to confirm the identities of additional victims--and 16 pages of dramatic photos. "An unnerving true crime story of murder, terror, and justice." --Dallas Morning News "GRIPPING."--Publishers Weekly "CHILLING."--Nashville Banner "UNNERVING."--Dallas Morning News

Down the Road and Round the Bend

Author: Roy Noble

Publisher: Graffeg

ISBN: 9781912050178

Category:

Page: 140

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In this collection of 20 short tales, Roy Noble celebrates the fascinating histories and traditional stories rooted in Wales, some canonical, and others less well-known today but equally deserving of attention, such as the spirit of Penderyn and the maid of Cefn Ydfa. Seamlessly blending anecdote and personal insight with historical detail, Roy has compiled a selection of humorous and engrosing explorations of traditional Wales, and suffused each with his passion, knowledge, and natural gift for storytelling.

Miscarriages of Justice

Famous London Cases

Author: John J. Eddleston

Publisher: Wharncliffe

ISBN: 9781845630966

Category: History

Page: 160

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It was called the London Season, and for three centuries it had been a time of fashionable suppers and brilliant balls that introduced England's most aristocratic and eligible girls to society. Though by 1939 the stately gavottes and minuets had long since given way to waltzes and fox-trots, the cream of young womanhood still curtsied low before the Queen and then went out to dance the night away with the young men they would one day marry. But the Season of 1939 was different: it was to be the last. And like many a finale, it lives on in memory as a lovely, enchanted dream, all the more beautiful for the horror and destruction that would follow so soon. Based on a wealth of first-hand reminiscences, press clippings, and memorabilia, "1939: The Last Season of Peace" is a fascinating portrait of this fairy tale about to end. Itcaptures the end of an era as it recreates a world whose inhabitants still believed in empire and tradition. It is a vivid picture of a generation suspended in a brief moment of sunlit summer glory, before the gathering storm of World War II swept it all away.

Catching a Serial Killer

My hunt for murderer Christopher Halliwell

Author: Stephen Fulcher

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473551560

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

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'The gripping allure of long-form podcasts, such as Serial' Observer On the evening of Saturday, 19 March 2011, D.S. Stephen Fulcher receives a life-changing call that thrusts him into a race against the clock to save missing 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan, who was last seen at a nightclub in Swindon. Steve knows from experience that he has a small window of time to find Sian alive, but his hopes are quickly dashed when his investigation leads him to Christopher Halliwell, a cabbie with sick obsessions. Following the investigation as it develops hour-by-hour, Steve’s gripping inside story of the cat-and-mouse situation that ensues shows how he hunted down Halliwell – his number-one suspect – which led him to the discovery of Sian’s body and another victim, Becky Godden-Edwards, who had been missing since 2002. The murders shocked the nation and Halliwell become one of the most hated men in Britain. Since then, he has been linked to several murders and disappearances, and has been called 'sick in the head' by an ex-cellmate for his unrelenting hatred of women. Catching a Serial Killer is a thrilling, devastating and absorbing look at a real-life murder case and potentially one of the UK’s most prolific serial killers.

Last of the Bears

Bear Shifter Romance

Author: Kimber White

Publisher: Nokay Press, LLC

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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With the fate of the Wild Ridge Bears hanging in the balance, can Bo find his true mate before it’s too late? Bo Calvin is running out of time. As one of the last two Alpha bear shifters on Wild Ridge without a mate, he’s facing madness and certain death. When he finds Oona trespassing on Calvin lands, his attraction to her hits him like a thunder bolt. She’s fierce and beautiful like some Amazonian goddess. But, another Alpha has already made a claim for her. Bo knows she’s meant for him, but acting on it could lead to an all-out clan war. Oona Ryan has a secret. She’s spent her whole life thinking she’s got a monster inside of her. Because of it, she’s lost her family and her home. A cryptic letter from her dying mother leads her to Wild Ridge in search of answers. What she finds instead turns her world upside down and reveals a shocking betrayal. Being among a group of virile bears calls to Oona’s nature in ways she never expected. One stolen kiss from Bo Calvin brings out her own, ancient primal power. But, her attraction to him comes with a price and her presence on the ridge leads the clans to the brink of civil war. Reader’s Note: Each book in the Wild Ridge Bears series is a full length, standalone, cliffhanger free, super sexy, bear shifter romance with a guaranteed happily ever after. You can read them in any order but the scorching hot events within each are interconnected and happen chronologically. These bears are hot, dominant, and fiercely protective of their mates. Their women are just as strong and like to misbehave. Come along and enjoy the ride! Book Themes: Shifter romance, paranormal romance, alpha bear, werewolf, werewolves, witchcraft, magic, strong female heroine, steamy romance, love triangle, fated mates

Ghosts of Neath

Author: Robert King

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781445602462

Category: Ghosts

Page: 128

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Explore, in depth, the complete range of paranormal phenomena reported throughout Neath in modern times.