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November 2005 marks the tenth anniversary of the conviction of Rose West, currently serving ten life sentences for her part in the Cromwell Street murders. This book tells for the first time the story from a police perspective. For ten years, the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Superintendent John Bennett QPM, has refused to tell his story. Now, together with BBC journalist Graham Gardner, he reveals the full story of how the West's were caught, how the case was prepared and how it nearly failed to come to court. This book chronicles the roles of those who brought down two of Britain's most infamous killers, shedding light on the real heroes of one of the saddest chapters of criminal history. It explores the court processes, the complications of Rose West's trial, her unsuccessful appeal and the difficulty of dealing with witnesses in such a traumatic case. On one level, this is a story of the triumph of good over evil; on another it is a detailed documentation of how a murder investigation really works - the pressures, the commitment and the physical and emotional drain on those who carry out this work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750942744
ISBN-10: 0750942746
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - John Bennett

John Bennett is a retired detective superintendent and a holder of the Queen's Police Medal. He was the officer in charge of the Cromwell St investigation from beginning to end. Graham Gardner is a BBC news journalist, based in Bristol. He covered the West investigation and Rose West's trial for BBC local and national news.

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