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- Publisher: BLAKE PUBLISHING
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 22mm | 240g
- Publication date: 18 October 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1844541428
- ISBN 13: 9781844541423
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: 1x8pp plate section
- Sales rank: 29,231
The horrific murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman shocked and sickened the nation. The man found guilty of their murders is now one of the most reviled men in the country. As if his crime was not dreadful enough, he has recently admitted that he lied under oath about the circumstances of one of the murders. This in-depth book is written by investigative journalist Nathan Yates, who witnessed the murder hunt first-hand and even interviewed Huntley and former girlfriend Maxine Carr. Yates also has an exclusive source for contact with Ian Huntley and will have further revelations about how far Huntley has lied about what happened that tragic day.
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Nathan Yates covered the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman as a Daily Mirror staff reporter, from the day of the girls' disappearance. The indepth reporting of these events won Nathan and his colleagues the title Team Reporters of the Year at the 2003 British Press Awards. Nathan has been at the Daily Mirror for seven years and has worked for four other national newspapers since leaving Oxford University with a first class degree in English.
By Trevor Hawkeswood 16 Jan 2014
Book Review: Beyond Evil by Nathan Yates
This is a very riveting and engrossing paperback which outlines the crimes of one Ian Huntley, who on the outside appeared to be a wonderful fellow (although to many a bi t odd) but turned out to be the murderer of two young girls who were lured into his house and killed through suffocation. He later took their dead bodies to a nearby waterway and hid them under the exposed roots of a large tree growing on a bank. Later he returned to check the bodies, as he was very nervous about being found out, and noticed that the water level had fallen and that the bodies were more exposed and therefore more visible. He then poured petrol on the dead girls and lit them with a cigarette lighter. Eventually the bodies were discovered by a runner and the trail soon led back to Huntley. Huntley became the most despised man in England and was threatened by other criminals whilst in jail awaiting his trial. His accomplice, who tried to cover for him, was a strange woman by the name of Maxine Carr. At first Carr was unaware that Huntley had murdered the two young girls. She was sentenced to about three years in jail while Huntley, who was forever a compulsive liar, was sentenced to life. The public was absolutely outraged by the murders, the news about which travelled the world in newspapers, TV programs and the Internet. Hundreds of people turned up at and outside the court case, many wanting the lynch the fiends.
I learnt a great deal from this book, especially about the English justice system etc. I feel so very sorry for the families of the two victims. What they went through must have been horrific. There seems to have been no motive for the heinous crimes except that it appears that Huntley was a closest pedophile and when he tried to do something to the two girls at his house, they panicked and screamed. Huntley then panicked himself by strangling them in order for them to keep quiet. Now Huntley is still in prison and has tried to commit suicide. He resides in a 200,000 pound special cell where he is watched every minute. Apart from this initial cost, it costs the British government untold amounts of money to keep this mongrel ******* alive. Huntley is an extremely good reason why the death penalty in this country must be reintroduced. Carr is a dumb woman and has now been released under an assumed name and is protected by the police, as many want to kill her as well for her involvement in the crimes.
This book is recommended for all crime buffs and those interested in the English justice system. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Dr Trevor J Hawkeswood
Author: Light and Dark my Experiences with the Paranormal (2013) and Spiders of Australia (2003)