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In September 1973 Wendy Sewell, a young legal secretary, was murdered in the town of Bakewell in Britain's Peak District. Wendy was attacked in broad daylight in Bakewell Cemetery. Stephen Downing, the 17-year-old groundskeeper with learning difficulties and a reading age of 11, was the prime suspect. He was immediately arrested, questioned for nine hours without a solicitor present, and pressured into signing a confession full of words he did not understand.


Twenty-one years later local newspaper editor Don Hale was thrust into the case. Determined to take it to appeal, as he investigated the details, he found himself inextricably linked to the narrative. Through a series of brand new interviews, listeners will be given a unique insight into Wendy Sewell's murder, with members of the Bakewell community coming forward for the first time to reflect upon a case that remains unsolved.


More information can be found at our website; reporterpodcast.com

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If you want to read Don Hale's account of the murder, and his campaign to free Stephen Downing, it's available on Apple Books here;


https://books.apple.com/gb/audiobook/murder-in-the-graveyard/id1466731625
 

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    • True Crime
    • 3.3, 157 Ratings

In September 1973 Wendy Sewell, a young legal secretary, was murdered in the town of Bakewell in Britain's Peak District. Wendy was attacked in broad daylight in Bakewell Cemetery. Stephen Downing, the 17-year-old groundskeeper with learning difficulties and a reading age of 11, was the prime suspect. He was immediately arrested, questioned for nine hours without a solicitor present, and pressured into signing a confession full of words he did not understand.


Twenty-one years later local newspaper editor Don Hale was thrust into the case. Determined to take it to appeal, as he investigated the details, he found himself inextricably linked to the narrative. Through a series of brand new interviews, listeners will be given a unique insight into Wendy Sewell's murder, with members of the Bakewell community coming forward for the first time to reflect upon a case that remains unsolved.


More information can be found at our website; reporterpodcast.com

Follow us;


Twitter @reporter_pod




If you want to read Don Hale's account of the murder, and his campaign to free Stephen Downing, it's available on Apple Books here;


https://books.apple.com/gb/audiobook/murder-in-the-graveyard/id1466731625
 

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

Rubyshaker ,

Badly Edited

This story on the face of it is very interesting and it should have made for an equally interesting podcast. Basically an 18 year old could have done this more justice. The editing is crass with a level of repetition not generated since Allied POW’s were interrogated by the Germans. Massive plot holes. No-one questions the change of boots by the suspect. I am not one to cast judgement as I haven’t made a pod but compared to others out there, this does whiff of ‘sell the adverts’. It doesn’t help when half of the orators can’t pronounce words. And some of them are journalists! Thank God for spellcheck.

LizzieKM ,

Only OK

This is a sad and interesting story but this podcast is confusing - the episodes are not numbered and there appears to be no linear sequence in which to listen to them so they just end of being a bit repetitive and confusing without reading any conclusions. The presenter also sounds quite scripted and lacks the casual tone of other podcast presenters such as Sarah Koenig (Serial - definitely addictive and worth a listen). Also didn’t enjoy her occasional sarcastic tones!

fwmof3 ,

Interesting but needs technical work

The story is one worth hearing so is interesting , but this is the first time I’m giving up with a series as it doesn’t have the episodes numbered and they are playing in random order , and the sound is so quiet I miss a lot - even on full volume .

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