The powerful, gripping first-hand account of Brighton's Babes in the Wood murders from long-serving detective Graham Bartlett with bestselling author Peter James.
Graham Bartlett was a Sussex police officer for thirty years. In 1989 he was posted to Brighton and Hove, becoming a detective the following year. Quite uniquely he served the city through every rank, rising to become a homicide senior investigating officer and Detective Superintendent for Public Protection as well as a strategic firearms and public order commander. He then achieved his life's ambition, as Chief Superintendent, to become the city's Police Commander. He lives in Sussex. Peter James has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career - which also included stints writing for TV and producing films. He has won over forty awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer.
This book is an extremely well-written and detailed account of the
thirty year journey from the tragedy of the murder of two loved
young girls, through a failed prosecution, and a families tireless
pursuit to see justice done, culminating in the complex and
challenging Sussex Police investigating leading to the rightful
conviction of Russell Bishop. It is a testament to what a families
determination and Police investigative skills can achieve in
bringing justice to these two innocent young girls. --
Superintendent Adam Hibbert, former head of Surrey and Sussex Major
When appointed to set up a Cold Case Review system in Sussex in
1999 this case above all others cried out to be solved.
Unfortunately at that time the law did not allow a further prosecution of the suspect. Once the law had changed the dedication of a number of Sussex Police officers with forensic support and the unflinching commitment of the victims' families resulted in the successful prosecution of Bishop after thirty-two years. Babes in the Wood tells this harrowing and tragic story with great accuracy and sensitivity, revealing for the first time the inside story of how the police eventually brought justice for the two little girls. It is a story that needs to be told.