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  • The Babes in the Woods Murders

  • The Shocking True Story of How Child Murderer Russell Bishop Was Finally Brought to Justice
  • By: Paul Cheston
  • Narrated by: Karl Jenkinson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, True Crime
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Summary

The heartbreaking true story of two families' 30-year fight for justice for their murdered daughters

On 9 October 1986, Russell Bishop sexually assaulted and strangled nine-year-old Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway, in woods near Brighton. He did not answer for his crimes for over 30 years. 

Bishop - a petty criminal known to both girls' families - was charged after his suspiciously close involvement in the search for the bodies. But a last-minute change of testimony from his then-girlfriend allowed him to go free, and the Babes in the Woods murders became one of Britain's most infamous cold cases. 

In this first book on the case, veteran crime reporter Paul Cheston brings to life this 30 year saga of murder, betrayal and injustice - before three decades of hurt led, at last, to healing, justice and hope for the parents of two murdered girls. 

Written with the approval and cooperation of the Fellows family, The Babes in the Woods Murders sheds light once and for all on the awful truth behind what happened on 9 October 1986 and how the courtroom dramas that unfolded over a generation finally brought down one of Britain's most depraved killers.

©2019 Paul Cheston (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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I live in Moulsecoomb and this murder has hung over the community since it happened. I thought I knew quite a lot about the case and how Bishop was finally found guilty....but this book goes into so much more detail and explains everything in an easy to understand way. The narrator is very easy to listen to as well

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Unbelievable struggle for justice.

Whilst not too sure about reading this I did listen straight through until the end. Narrator was good and kept my interest. So sad the parents of the two little girls and their families had to go through such unbearable heartbreak to finally get justice for their two little girls. They never stopped believing and sad that some of the family had passed away before the retrial and the devastation that comes with tragedy. The absolute cruelty these poor parents had to endure from certain members of the public is also beyond belief. They came through all of this with dignity.

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I remember vaguely about this case years ago and only knew aa fraction of the situation this true story came over so clearly the storyteller made me feel as if i was actually there and i found myself
Absorbed it was a very sad story funny at times all in all one amazing read

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Shocking and sad

Whilst this whole book details so much suffering and destruction, it’s good that it has been written.
So many careless mistakes made by plod. So much poor attitude among police and the Brighton community that judged the families. We can do so much better. Really hope the families are finding peace.

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Excellent. brilliantly written and narrated

Heartbreaking but a brilliant insight into this case, the police errors and the coldness of the defence barirster who deliberately encouraged suspicion to fall on nicky, father Barry The narration beyond excellent.

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Very Interesting and emotional

I was young when this crime happened and never knew the whole story of what happened or how long it took for the killer to be brought to justice so it was Interesting and unbelievable to listen to but also heartbreaking to hear what the family went though for 30 years

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Not too Bad

Fascinating story, the way it's a written is in places feels like the author is assuming the reader is a bit daft, in the way somethings are over explained. on the whole it's A very comprehensive listen about a very dark period of time for the families concerned and Brighton.