Escape from Broadmoor - 9780752489889

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  • Product code: AGNWL
  • ISBN: 9780752489889
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 23.2cm x 15.7cm
  • Pages: 192
  • Publish date: 01/05/2013

Escape from Broadmoor (Paperback)

Escape from Broadmoor - 9780752489889

Gordon Lowe


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John Thomas Straffen - Britain's longest serving prisoner - was the first patient to escape from Broadmoor Hospital and stand trial for an offence committed on the run. He killed within hours. Prior to this, at his home in Bath, he was dismissed as an imbecile, a loner, a 'child trapped in an adult's body'. On the afternoon of Sunday 15 July 1951, John Straffen strangled 8-year-old Brenda Goddard as she picked flowers. Three weeks later he committed a similar murder before inadvertently confessing to the police. His only motive seemed to be to 'annoy' the police. Faced with a serial killer with a mental age of 10, the court committed Straffen to Broadmoor. But on 29 April 1951, having spent only six months at the institute, he escaped during a meticulously planned bid for freedom that should have been impossible. During his four hours on the run, he murdered 5-year-old Linda Bowyer. Winston Churchill, then Prime Minister, and his beleaguered government personally intervened to make sure that Straffen would never walk free. But was Straffen insane? Benefitting from previously unpublished documents, including classified government papers, author Gordon Lowe paints a vivid picture of a man whose crimes shocked a nation.

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Product Details

  • Product code: AGNWL
  • ISBN: 9780752489889
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 23.2cm x 15.7cm
  • Pages: 192
  • Publish date: 01/05/2013

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