Death of police officer who helped with my research

I learned today that Tony Dale, a police officer involved in the investigation into the murder of Dr Helen Davidson, and who helped with my research, passed away on Boxing Day.



50 years ago today

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9th November 2016.

Exactly 50 years, today, since the murder of Dr Helen Davidson in Hodgemoor Wood near Amersham in Buckinghamshire.

Despite the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner’s request to me for a copy of INJURED PARTIES some weeks ago, and my subsequent two emails asking him to confirm receipt of the package, I have heard nothing from him.

The Commissioner had previously told me that my correspondence regarding the cold case and my book had been passed on to Thames Valley Police. I have heard nothing.

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The Story of the Railway Murders by Simon Farquar

It’s nice to get a mention in the Afterword of this new book by Simon Farquar. It’s a very small world.

Simon’s father Charles Farquar, a retired senior police officer, was able to give me some help for my INJURED PARTIES book. During our correspondence he happened to mention the Railway Murders and emailed me a lot of information about them.

A few months back I discovered The History Press, my publisher, would be publishing Simon’s book. To cut a complicated story short I was able to fill in some details for Simon that he was stuck on, thanks to his father’s emails to me.

A Dangerous Place: The Story of the Railway Murders

…and below is a link to Simon’s wording in the Afterword of his book:

Aberfan Disaster 14 Oct ’66 mentioned in Injured Parties

On 14th October ML, happy to have a roof over his head, celebrated his 27th birthday in Oxford prison. A week later on the 21st October the Aberfan disaster in South Wales dominated the headlines in the national newspapers. 144 people died when heavy rain caused a coal tip above the village of Aberfan in Wales, to slide down the mountain on, engulfing a farm, a school and several houses. No one ever expected this type of thing to happen. The feeling of being numbed, that so many innocents had been drowned or suffocated in mud, was widespread. The public had become used to being fed high death tolls from war films, but Aberfan was different: it was a new generation, domestic and televised.