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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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    • 3.4, 14 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

3.4 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

amberburchard ,

Disappointed

I really wanted to hear this story but it was not delivered or organized very well. The same information was repeated multiple times, audio clips of interviews were impossible to understand & narrator failed to clarify and string events together. What was shared could have been done in a couple episodes instead of hours of repetitive audio and information.

bjhex ,

And... the other shoe drops

Throughout the podcast, I'd noticed the host was considerably more interested in the reputation of victim of the crime, rather than the miscarriage of justice. This was presented as a defense against undeserved "tart-shaming", a fair enough endeavour. But, that wasn't the real reason. The host does not have a melodious voice for for starters, and she consistently talks over interviewees, but it turns out worst of all, she's a bad actor as well.

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