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The Moors Murders from the point of view of the prime witness for the prosecution -- an in-law who says he walked in on a murder and was cheerfully invited to join in on the fun.
David Smith: Our narrator. A dedicated rock and roller who had been in some trouble with the police in his teens
Maureen Hindley: David's steadiest girlfriend, and later wife
Jack Smith: David's dad
Angela Smith: David and Maureen's oldest child and only daughter
Paul Smith: David and Maureen's oldest son
John Smith: David and Maureen's second son
David Snith Jr.: David and Maureen's youngest son
Myra Hindley: Maureen's older sister
Nellie Hindley: Maureen and Myra's mother; they were devoted to her
Bob Hindley: Maureen and Myra's father; the girls were less than devoted to him
Annie: David was adopted by her when he was a baby; technically she was his paternal grandmother
Joyce Hull: David's mom; she dropped out of his life so early that he had no memory of her at all
Joe Mounsey: An investigator in this case
Mary Flaherty: As a 9-year-old girl, watched a mob of reporters follow David and Maureen into the courthouse without understanding what all the fuss was about
Ian Brady: Myra Hindley's Scottish boyfriend; the narrator describes him as a cross between a nerd and a gangster, with terrible taste in music
Pauline Reade: The first girl David ever kissed
Bomber: Another early girlfriend of David's; she had a brother who went by Basher
Jody Smith: The youngest child in the family
William Lees: Landed David in prison for a considerable period
The Duchess: David's devoted aunt and advisor
Uncle Bert: Helped turn things around for David and his dad, Jack, during the worst period of their lives Show all 21 characters
“Who was the devil of the piece? Who was the disciple?”
“The passing of the Sydney Silverman's Murder (Abolition of the Death Penalty) Act on 8 November 1965 only served to inflame matters; that the two accused would noe be spared the hangman's rope was seen by many as an affront to justice.”
Carol Ann Lee
“Sometimes I literally cannot speak, struck dumb by the cold realization that the killing of children was part of Ian and Myra's life together.”
“You know what I get from it? CONTROL. You're in control and that's the biggest fncking high you'll ever have, you're in CONTROL. You can even control death...”
“In the '60s, no one knew about grooming -- grooming was combing your bloody hair. But looking back, that's what was happening, although I wasn't aware of it.”
I have lived with the Moors Murders since I was ten years old.
Foreword by Alan Bennett
Preface by Carol Ann Lee Prologue
I Ghost Riders in The Sky: 1948-61
II When It's Dark The Music Stops: 1961-65 III Blacken Smith At All Stages: 1965-66 IV Coming Down Fast: 1966-71 V Rising: 1971-75 VI Stand By Me: 1975-2011
Reading Level: Adults
A bit grisly for younger readers.
See No Evil: The Moors Murders : 2006 release, originally intended to be David's life story but changed around later to focus on the Moors Murders rather than David's role in them (IMDb)
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