Month: July 2016

Owner of Present Company, Broadstairs

It’s always good to meet people face to face that I’ve met on Twitter. Here is Stephen from Present Company in Broadstairs, Kent with his copy of INJURED PARTIES that he’d bought on Amazon.

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Article in today’s Bucks Free Press:

http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/14650677.COLD_CASE__Author_cracks_50_year_mystery_of_doctor___s_murder_in_Hodgemoor_Wood/

 

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Writing a book is just the start

I have a number of talks in my diary. Since INJURED PARTIES was published in May a variety of organisations have invited me to speak to their groups about how I came to write the book, and give some insight about my research methods.

Writing and researching the story over a period of seven years was just the start!

As soon I finish the hour-long presentation and questions are asked by members of the audience, and memories of fifty years ago have been tweaked, it’s amazing how many new facts emerge.

No matter how thorough the delving into archives and searching for characters involved in the story all those years ago, there is still more to be discovered.

I noticed a comment from a reviewer on Amazon. He wrote:

I much enjoyed reading this book and trying to best guess the murderer without success! There are a lot of characters and suspects and I found the repetition useful to avoid losing track.
This was a monumental achievement to put this together without recourse to the police records and relying on the accounts of many of those that Monica interviewed some of whom may not have had very reliable memories.
Of particular interest to me was the contribution of a key witness whom I remember as a senior colleague in the early days of my career.

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A key witness! Now that’s really fascinating. I hope the gent who wrote this will contact me via my blog and reveal more about the key witness.

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Monica Weller

Thank you to South Bucks Social

A special thank you to South Bucks Social for involving themselves in my story INJURED PARTIES, Solving the Murder of Dr Helen Davidson, and promoting my talk in Chalfont St Giles tonight. I appreciate your interest.

The talk has been organised by Chalfont St Giles Community Library.

Murder at Hodgemoor Wood

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016, 7:30 PM

Chalfont St Giles Memorial Hall
School Lane Chalfont St Giles HP8 4JJ, GB

6 Members Attending

As the turnout from S.B.S. significantly improved the attendance of the previous talk on this subject, I’ve been asked by the organizers to support this event again.For those not familiar with the subject. Doctor Helen Davidson was found brutally murdered in Hodgemoor Wood, halfway between Beaconsfield and Amersham in november 1966. Mrs Davidson h…

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Last Night in Amersham

The Market Hall in Amersham was crammed last night. A laptop and digital projector were positioned ready for me. It was the first time I’d given a presentation with digitally projected images…all thanks to a good friend who’d put together the power point presentation for me…till now I’ve always hand-held the exhibits. But last night in a long packed hall I wanted everyone to see the secret documentation that I’d found during my research. In particular I wanted everyone to read the post mortem report that Professor Bowen (in 1966 he was Dr Bowen and had carried out the post mortem on Helen Davidson) had so kindly shared with me. When I visited the professor at his home in 2009 he asked if I’d like copies of his documentation. I was over the moon. As the unsolved murder of Dr Davidson is a cold case I’m not entitled to see any police records about it. It was almost a surreal moment when I set eyes on the official documentation.

There is something magical to me when a member of the public comes up to me after my talk, saying their name and that they’d helped me with my research. And last night was no exception. Several people introduced themselves ( a bus expert from the 60s…a neighbour of Dr D…a person whose grandparents knew the suspect and would I like a photograph!… another who’d given me help with ordnance survey maps) and asked me to sign their copies of INJURED PARTIES, Solving the Murder of Dr Helen Davidson.

I’m still recovering from the M25 nonsense. Thinking the return journey from Amersham to Leatherhead would be better than the outward journey (which was the pits), I was disappointed that even at 11 o’clock at night I would still join a jam. As I crept along the motorway I had a chance to dwell on the heartfelt ‘well dones’ people gave me last night.

A huge thank you to Thomas from Chorleywood Bookshop who came along last night to sell my books….and of course to Amersham Museum for such a well organised event.

 

 

Tonight in Amersham

My talk tonight at the Market Hall in Amersham, I’ve been told, is a sell out. Not a spare seat in the place. I’m pleased that so many people are interested in my book INJURED PARTIES, Solving the Murder of Dr Helen Davidson which has been seven years in the making. So many local people helped with my research. I’m so grateful to each and every one of them. It’ll probably be a bit emotional for me. Seven years ago when I was last at the Market Hall I gave a presentation about Ruth Ellis the last woman to be hanged in the UK. Please visit my Ruth Ellis blog at copperknob.wordpress.com. As a result of that talk I was subsequently contacted by a young woman who told me about the unsolved murder of Dr Helen Davidson. Seven years later I will be standing up in the same place talking about my research that led to my book that was published by The History Press in May.

 

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Monica Weller FRPS