Moored just off Barbados, Paul takes the opportunity to carry on with some more writing of his book about the 1919 Hitchin murder.

 

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Very pleased to be able to present The Porthole Murder at Romsey Town Hall on 15 February 2018 at 7pm – click here for tickets. In March 2018, it will be the 70th anniversary of the trial at Winchester Assizes in what would be the most dramatic trial of the time – plus a fascinating aftermath. Read more about the case here.

Poster for porthole murder

In March 2018, the BBC will be screening a programme about this fascinating case and will coincide with a new book to be published by Antony M Brown which has been based on original papers and photographs which I recently been found. More can be found about Antony by clicking on his website here.

One for you Dorset dwellers ……………………. 

On 1 October 1931, Edward Welham was found dead at The Kennels in the village of Tarrant Keynston, Dorset. He had been shot in the back of the head with the shotgun found underneath his body. Initially treated as a suicide, it was then realised he had been murdered. To this day, it remains unsolved.

Edward Welham with his dogs
Edward Welham
Dog kennels at Tarrant Keynston
The Kennels, Tarrant Keynston
Reconstruction of how Welham's body was found
Reconstruction of how Welham's body was found

When Bournemouth was in Hampshire …………..

This is the telegram which lured Miss Irene Wilkins from London to Bournemouth and which resulted in her being bludgeoned to death almost as soon as she arrived by train on 22 December 1922. The source of the handwriting was a central feature of the investigation. Thomas Allaway was convicted and hanged for her murder.

Irene Wilkins
Irene Wilkins
The telegram received by Irene Wilkins
The telegram received by Irene Wilkins
Thomas Allaway
Thomas Allaway

Right, Mr Stickler, I have a question for you …………….

Always good to know you’re being tested – particularly by an Egghead! Delighted to see Kevin Ashman in the audience recently during one of my talks in Winchester.

Kevin Ashman from the BBC show, Eggheads
Kevin Ashman from the BBC show, Eggheads