Witness: The Story of David Smith, Chief Prosecution Witness in the Moors Murders Case

Witness The Story of David Smith Chief Prosecution Witness in the Moors Murders Case In the half light of early morning on October year old David Smith called Hyde police from a telephone box on Hattersley overspill estate in Manchester The story that he had to tell of the

  • Title: Witness: The Story of David Smith, Chief Prosecution Witness in the Moors Murders Case
  • Author: David Smith Carol Ann Lee
  • ISBN: 9781845967390
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the half light of early morning on October 7, 1965, 17 year old David Smith called Hyde police from a telephone box on Hattersley overspill estate in Manchester The story that he had to tell of the brutal murder he had witnessed the previous evening set in motion the detection of Britain s most infamous serial killings the Moors Murders Despite standing as chief prosIn the half light of early morning on October 7, 1965, 17 year old David Smith called Hyde police from a telephone box on Hattersley overspill estate in Manchester The story that he had to tell of the brutal murder he had witnessed the previous evening set in motion the detection of Britain s most infamous serial killings the Moors Murders Despite standing as chief prosecution witness at the subsequent trial, David Smith was vilified and hated by a public who knew nothing of the facts behind the accusations thrown at Smith by the killers themselves in an attempt to gain lesser sentences Myra Hindley s own confession, 20 years later, that she and Ian Brady had lied about Smith s involvement in their crimes, did little to diminish the slurs against his name For almost 45 years, David Smith has been asked by writers and filmmakers to tell his story With the exception of no than a handful of very brief interviews, he has refused Carol Ann Lee met Smith during her research for One of Your Own, her critically acclaimed biography of Hindley, following which he finally agreed to reveal all regarding the case and his involvement in it In Witness, interviews, archival research, and, most significantly, David Smith s own vivid memories are fused to create an unforgettable, often harrowing account of his life before, during, and after the Moors Murders.

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    1. I own and have read carol ann lee's "one of our own" but I was unaware of this one until last week when I read mr smith had passed away. I looked at reviews before heading to the library to find this, and many reviews online complain of mr smith's writing I was prepared for bad writing.I was stunned to discover that the other reviewers were MIGHTY mistaken, mr smith's parts, his memoirs, are remarkably and beautifully written. his voice is absolutely incredible, and this book couldnt possibly ha [...]

    2. A fantastic book! I was horrified to read what David Smith had to go through and this book really moved me. Sadly, David Smith died earlier this year. I personally think this man should have been hailed as a hero for what he did by reporting Ian Brady & Myra Hindley as he most certainly brought an end to their horrendous reign of terror and for sure saved the lives of more poor innocent children from the hands of these evil monsters. I was so upset and moved at the treatment David and his fa [...]

    3. David Smith does not exist in world. Just a brief mention under the heading of Moors Murders. How he must wish that the past fifty years in the real world could have provided the same anonymity.Having read Carol Ann Lee's 'One Of Your Own' in 2011, documenting the 'life and death of Myra Hindley', I found this stunning book 'Witness-The Story of David Smith, Chief Prosecution Witness in the Moors Murders Case', a perfect sequel, also published in 2011. I think 'Witness' is even more powerful th [...]

    4. This is a magnificent book in so many ways. It is not only an extremelly well researched and heart rending story of a man whoose life was destroyed by doing good, but also a fantastic social study of working class Manchester in the 60's. In parts it reads like a thriller, there are so many memorable descritpions but one of the most thought provoking is when David Smith is present in court to give evidence at Chester Assizes"Ian and Myra sit together in the dock, so near that I'm convinced I can [...]

    5. An amazing book. I've read heaps of books about Brady and Hindley but it was refreshing to hear David's point of view. I'm only sad I never got to it while he was alivewhat a life he had. While in prison when he was 22 his age was mentioned and I was shocked silly that he was still so young. He was only 17 when this whole ghastly story came out thanks to his conscience and one phonecall he made. Hard to believe he was that young while this was all going on. Both him and Maureen were only kidsOK, [...]

    6. A devastating read, written by the man who broke the Moors Murders case. He did the right thing and that decision completely destroyed his life and that of his wife -- the sister of one of the killers. It goes to show just how many lives can be ruined when you commit a murder. The pain caused by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley spreads in all directions.

    7. Excellent book and a further indication, if needed, that people really are idiots. Slated for stopping the Moors Murders. Well done.

    8. I wasn't born until 1981, but despite that cant remember a time when I wasn't aware of the Moors murders case. I have an interest in true crime anyway, but this case just seems to have pervaded the collective consciousness of the nation in a way no other has, and hence I have taken a real interest in it and read much of what has been written on the subject. I recently read what I consider to be the definitive account of the case, One of Your Own by Carol Ann Lee, which was a brilliantly written [...]

    9. Very rarely drawn to true crime books but wanted to understand the social context of Hindley and Brady, their relationship, etc. This book is incredibly powerful, and I will remain in awe of the strength displayed throughout his life by the late David Smith

    10. Cannot believe that this poor man was treated so badly for most of his life for something he didn't do. Great book, and extremely thought provoking.

    11. i thought this was very well written, and obviously david smith was highly intelligent. after a bad start in life, and becoming involved in the moors murders and then suffering horrendous abuse and violence from stupid people, he then went on to remarry and this lady obviously helped him turn his life around. i hadnt known he had died until recently, may he rest in peace now

    12. Witness which is also written under the title Evil Relations,was a most excellent book to read. It is a autobiography based on the life of David Smith,chief prosecution in the Moors Murders trial. A story that needed to be told for anyone interested in the Moors Murders caseI CAN,T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS BOOKIT,S EXCEPTIONALd i highly recommend this book for all True Crime readers!!

    13. An insight into the life of David Smith and how he was persecuted by the public and media for bringing to light the atrocities of The moors murderers.A great read!

    14. This was a riveting read, telling the story of David Smith , once married to Myra Hindley's sister Maureen, his life in Manchester, and how he became chief prosecution witness in the Moors Murders, trial.For over 45 years David has kept quiet, even though he had been asked numerous times to write a book, he answer has always been "No!" that is until, Carol Ann Lee , spoke to him ( she had already had a best seller : One of your own, written about Myra Hindley, ) did he say yes. Once started you [...]

    15. Although I was a child when the Moors Murders took place, I don't remember a lot about the case, and I haven't read much about it - really only newspaper sensationalism.I recently had the misfortune of reading Myra, Beyond Saddlewortha fictional account of what may have happened had Myra been released from prison. Thankfully it was a freebie for the Kindle on because I would have been more than upset had I paid for it. It's definitely a book that makes you yearn to have those hours back again! [...]

    16. Well written and well told. An excellent read.If ever I think I'm having a bad day or a bad week I need to remember this story. What David Smith had to go through after telling the police of the murder he had witnessed would be anyone's worst nightmare.Recommendedarchingforkeith/

    17. A very good book although it gets rather sentimental towards the end. Ironically Dave Smith's actual memoirs are much more compelling than the author's interjections. All in all a refreshing take on the Moor Murders.

    18. The most honest autobiography I've read and Smith paints a great picture of life in Manchester in the 50s and 60s.

    19. David Smith was the brother-in law and chief witness against Brady and Hindley at their trial. Despite attempts by Brady and Hindley to implicate Smith in the killings, he was believed by the police and was not convicted of any of the crimes although he was present when the final victim of the infamous Moors Murders was carried out. To some he was a hero for going to the police and testifying; to others, he was an accomplice in at least one of the killings. My own view, is that Smith's version o [...]

    20. I was also surprised by the bits of David Smith's own writing, in this book. He certainly came over as a lot more intelligent and articulate than I had expected. It is heart breaking that he who had been the one who went to the police, knowing of his own past when as he had admitted, involved in petty crime and acts of violence should have been attacked by local people. He knew that it was not going to be easy, when he had to save his own life, helped to tie up the body and clean up after the mu [...]

    21. Such a good book! I had read a few books in the case but only really knew who David Smith was after the see no evil drama. I think it's horrible what he had to go through. When I saw this book I had to get it, such an interesting read

    22. Worth reading for more background to the case if you're interested but not so well written as the "classic account" by Emlyn Williams. Just gives more insight into the human condition. We are all capable of being "monsters" - it's a very fine line.

    23. I was expecting a riveting story about these atrocities. It was boring and hard to stay with. I kept finding myself falling asleep. Not a good book for true crime.

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