A ‘true-crime’ mystery set in Birmingham and the Black Country, in the English Midlands. Graeme Rose investigates the real unsolved murder of his great uncle, sweetshop-owner Fred Jeffs, on Good Friday 1957, by talking to people who remember the case. Can he unravel what really happened on that fateful night?
Written & presented by Graeme Rose.
Music Composition & Sound Design by Fox & Rocha (guest musician Martin Cox)
Director Steve Johnstone.
Podcast supported by Black Country Touring, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Arts Council England, Creative Black Country.
The Adrian Goldberg Interview
Graeme Rose, creator of the Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder Podcast, is interviewed by renowned broadcaster Adrian Goldberg.
The interview, produced by Black Country Touring, was originally conducted 8th April 2021.
[This edit features music by Fox and Rocha]
Episode 6 Bonus Material – The Search Book
Weeks after the brutal murder of Fred Jeffs, the arrival of a new witness casts fresh light on the events of Maundy Thursday. But who is 'Jan Achcenit'? Closer investigation raises fascinating questions about the man himself.
[Original music by Fox and Rocha; sound edit by Graeme Rose]
Episode 6 Bonus Material – Ice Cream Turf Wars
The Italian Connection: Could Fred Jeffs have upset a 'Don' of the gelato world by confecting his business on a rival's Langley turf?
[Original music by Fox and Rocha. Sound edit by Graeme Rose]
Episode 2 Bonus Material – “Jeffs Wood”
In the early hours of Good Friday, Alan Garstang is out hunting on Wasson, with his uncle. How close do they get to witnessing the dumping of Fred’s body in the nearby spinney?
Episode 7 - "Let Him Rest..."
A week after the discovery of Fred Jeffs's body, the funeral takes place at Quinton Cemetery. The Inquest does little to provide closure and the Police investigation goes cold, but sixty years on, with memories still vivid, can we separate the facts from the fiction? What have we learned about Fred himself? Are we close to cracking the case and finally bringing the story to an end?
Episode 6 - Sex and Clubs and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Against a backdrop of spawning teen culture, speculation emerges about Fred Jeffs’s secret lifestyle, with the possibility of gangland involvement and even an Italian connection. A new witness appears out of the blue, and the scope of the story gets wider.