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The Pottery Cottage Murders: The first-hand account of a family held hostage
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The Pottery Cottage Murders: The first-hand account of a family held hostage (Paperback)

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A psychopathic criminal on the run from prison. A family of five held hostage in their home. A frantic police manhunt across the snowbound Derbyshire moors. Just one survivor.





The definitive account of the terrifying 1977 Pottery Cottage murders that shocked Britain.



For three days, escaped prisoner Billy Hughes played macabre psychological games with Gill Moran and her family, keeping them in separate rooms of their home while secretly murdering them one by one. On several occasions Hughes ordered Gill and her husband Richard to leave the house for provisions, confident that they would return without betraying him in order to protect their loved ones.



Blizzards hampered the desperate police search, but they learned where the dangerous convict was hiding and closed in on the cottage. A high-speed car chase on icy roads ended with a crash and the killer being shot as he swung a newly sharpened axe at his final victim. This was Britain's first instance of police officers committing 'justifiable homicide' against an escapee.



The story of these terrible events is told here by Carol Ann Lee and Peter Howse, the former chief inspector who saved Gill Moran's life over forty years ago.



Peter's professional role has permitted access to witness statements, crime scene photographs and police reports. Peter Howse and Carol Ann Lee have made use of these, along with fresh interviews with many of those directly involved, to tell a fast-paced and truly shocking story with great insight and empathy.

BiographyTrue storiesTrue crime Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 04/03/2021 ISBN-13: 9781472143921  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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CAROL ANN LEE's first book, Roses From The Earth: The Biography of Anne Frank, was published in fifteen languages and included a foreword by Anne's cousin Buddy Elias, who stated: 'Of the many authors, writers and historians who have written about Anne Frank and her father Otto Frank, Carol Ann Lee is the most knowledgeable and sets new scholarly standards.' Her subsequent book, The Hidden Life of Otto Frank was a Guardian Book of the Week. One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley is the definitive study not only of Hindley, but of the Moors Murders case. It was both a Times and an Independent Book of the Week and was featured on Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Carol's biography of Ruth Ellis, A Fine Day for a Hanging was shortlisted for the 2013 CWA Non-Fiction award. Her Murders at White House Farm is being filmed by New Pictures for broadcast on ITV1 in 2019. Carol's Somebody's Mother, Somebody's Daughter: The Victims and Survivors of the Yorkshire Ripper will be published in Spring 2019. PETER HOWSE spent a year in Iraq as a member of the RAF while doing National Service in 1955, following which he joined the former Derby Borough Police. He served for ten years in uniform before becoming a training instructor. He was subsequently promoted to Chief Inspector as Sub-Divisional Commander of the Buxton South Sub-Division. Peter was awarded a Queen's Commendation for bravery in recognition of his actions in the Pottery Cottage case. Together with Detective Chief Inspector Mike Cole, he set up Crimestoppers on TV, which has become an established nationwide form of combating crime.

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