Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £19.99

Buy Now for £19.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Includes an exclusive interview with Peter Howse and Carol Ann Lee. 

A psychopathic criminal on the run from prison. A family of five held hostage in their home. A frantic police manhunt across the snowbound Derbyshire moors. Just one survivor. 

The definitive account of the terrifying 1977 Pottery Cottage murders that shocked Britain.  

For three days, escaped prisoner Billy Hughes played macabre psychological games with Gill Moran and her family, keeping them in separate rooms of their home while secretly murdering them one by one. On several occasions, Hughes ordered Gill and her husband, Richard, to leave the house for provisions, confident that they would return without betraying him in order to protect their loved ones. 

Blizzards hampered the desperate police search, but they learned where the dangerous convict was hiding and closed in on the cottage. A high-speed car chase on icy roads ended with a crash and the killer being shot as he swung a newly sharpened axe at his final victim. This was Britain's first instance of police officers committing 'justifiable homicide' against an escapee.  

The story of these terrible events is told here by Carol Ann Lee and Peter Howse, the former chief inspector who saved Gill Moran's life more than 40 years ago. 

Peter's professional role has permitted access to witness statements, crime-scene photographs and police reports. Peter Howse and Carol Ann Lee have made use of these, along with fresh interviews with many of those directly involved, to tell a fast-paced and truly shocking story with great insight and empathy. 

©2019 Carol Ann Lee and Peter Howse (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

More from the same

What listeners say about The Pottery Cottage Murders

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    80
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    74
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    77
  • 4 Stars
    8
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A compelling & disturbing read

As an ex 30 year cop from Cheshire I've driven along through Rainow past the scene of the final shooting many times in '96/97 on duty as a dog handler little knowing the fateful events of 20yrs earlier, I've always been interested in the Pottery Cottage Incident as my Sergeant was a young female constable at the time & had been assigned to look after Gill Moran in Macclesfield Hospital after being rescued.
This audio book is well written and narrated and my hat goes off to the authors, they have struck exactly the right balance and present a compelling true story. I've said disturbing also as a tale of such horror will always make disturbing reading. Please read it especially if you're involved in the justice system as a police/prison/court worker etc it shows complacency especially in the searching of remand prisoners.
To the ordinary reader its a fascinating read of the people of the Derbyshire peaks being caught up with a ruthless, violent, unpredictable & cunning career criminal.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

HORRIFIC BUT ADDICTIVE

This is the best audio book I have ever listened to. I listened to it whilst decorating and every day I continued after I had planned to stop, just to see what happened next. Brilliantly written and a story I had never heard about, the unimaginable horror of how the background of offending escalated into this utter nightmare, was compulsive listening. It has given me nightmares and the pain and tragedy of the whole event, with the myriad of potential but potentially lethal opportunities for rescue, was heartbreaking. I'm sure my heart rate increased substantially throughout, firstly with anger at the pitiful court results, and then living alongside the incredible consequences thereafter. Never have I howled or shouted out or been as interactive before. The strength of character of the lady involved is admirable and the circumstances in which she found herself could be replicated today. This could happen again and I would not wish it on my worst enemy. Make sure you clear your diary before you press play.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Now we know the full story


For three days, escaped prisoner Billy Hughes played macabre psychological games with Gill Moran and her family, keeping them in separate rooms as it unfolds the horrors of the 3 days are laid bare. Another brilliant researched book

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent and gripping throughout.

I wouldn’t normally read true crime books but this was enthralling. This poor family. Fantastic.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant story

Gripping story you can't put down. Would highly recommend this book. The case is truly shocking.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A truly tragic true story told accurately.

I've been waiting to hear the truth about this tragic incident since it happened. well written.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Gruesome

Such an interesting story, really well researched and everybody's story who very involved told. I can't imagine what they all went through and what went through in Billy's head when he did all those things he did...

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Gripping

An all-round 5-star book for me. The totally horrific story of that poor family. Superbly written and narrated, this has to be one of the best books I've listened to.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Gripping

Well written and narrated, this a full account of a really disturbing story. Drawn from both contemporary accounts and from revisiting witnesses.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Gripping and tragic

A tragic but well informed and balanced account of the pottery cottage murders. Being from the surrounding area made it particularly interesting and shows how much policing has changed since the 70s.

1 person found this helpful