Friday, April 07, 2006

Kingsclere murders

I bought an old Daily Herald dated November 11 1944 , cost 1d.
On the back page down the bottom was this curious story, and I dont mean the 'Double dried egg allocation'. 9 US soldiers jailed for life for murder most foul.
How come it occupied such a small paragraph on the back page? Even in these days of depravity it would make banner headlines.
I looked it up on the internet and found that in fact it was only the Daily Herald that reported it , the whole story had been hushed up.
Details of the event can be found here

7 comments:

Caerphilly said...

Fascinating stuff. I was more intrigued by the 'sweet' Fanny Adams summary in the link. This is an expression many of us will have used in the mode of 'sweet F A' but I never realised the background. What a gruesome story.

MacDuff said...

When I have to fill in forms and they ask for 'position' I like to put F.A. because I work for an independent financial adviser but as I work for him I dont think I am 'independent'

icedink said...

Very interesting little snippet. I like looking at old newspapers ..it's alway good to see the way stories were written and how they did the headlines. I think they compare very favourably with the "modern" school.

Bertie said...

The Times reported this.

MacDuff said...

It seems odd that neither of the reports (of the reports) that I have seen mention the Times which I would have thought was more 'mentionable' than the Daily Herald.

Anonymous said...

Yep the Times November 11th 1944, page 2

MacDuff said...

I will look out for this. Cant find any confirmation on the internet after a brief look.
The pdf document below doesnt mention the Times but does imply that the Herald was exceptional in reporting an incident that was otherwise covered up.
http://www.kingsclere.org.uk/pdf/murders.pdf
How did the Times report compare with the Heralds?