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The Pottery Cottage Murders: The terrifying true story of an escaped prisoner and the family he held hostage

Carol Ann Lee, Peter Howse

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True crime

A violent criminal on the run. A family of five held hostage in their home. A desperate police chase across the snowbound Derbyshire moors. Only one survivor . . . The untold true story of the terrifying 1977 murder case that shocked Britain.

For three days Billy Hughes played psychological games with Gill Moran and her family, while secretly murdering them one by one. Blizzards hampered the police manhunt, but they learned where the dangerous criminal was hiding and closed in on the cottage. A desperate car chase ensued, ending with a shoot-out and the killer's death. There was just one survivor.

The plot for a great crime novel? No, it all actually happened in January 1977.

The Pottery Cottage Murders is a gripping, fast-paced account of a criminal case that reads like fiction but is terrifyingly true. What took place at a family home on the Derbyshire moors in 1977 made the name Pottery Cottage synonymous with horror: an address briefly as infamous as 112 Ocean Avenue in the US town of Amityville, where a young man had murdered his entire family three years earlier, and the home of married killers Fred and Rosemary West on Cromwell Street in Gloucester.

Afterwards, the determination of sole survivor Gill Moran to prevent any written or dramatic accounts of the case saw 'Pottery Cottage' largely vanish from public consciousness, yet those events changed British history. Now in her eighties, Gill has finally given permission for her story to be told - by the former Chief Inspector who saved her life over forty years before.

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Praise for The Pottery Cottage Murders: The terrifying true story of an escaped prisoner and the family he held hostage

  • Praise for Carol Ann Lee's Roses from the Earth: The Biography of Anne Frank:

  • Excellent . . . serious, sensitive and scrupulous. - Sunday Telegraph

  • Praise for Carol Ann Lee's The Hidden Life of Otto Frank:

  • Significant and fascinating. An absorbing biography of Anne's father. - Financial Times

  • Praise for Carol Ann Lee's novel The Winter of the World:

  • This brilliant story . . . resounds with truth. A novelist who writes of the subtlety of souls. - Le Monde

  • Brilliant . . . like In Cold Blood.

  • Praise for Carol Anne Lee's One of Your Own: The Life & Death of Myra Hindley:

  • Scrupulously unsensational and as good a biography of Hindley as we'll get. - Sunday Times

  • Praise for Carol Anne Lee's A Fine Day For A Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story

  • A forensically researched book that casts a haunting new light on the last woman to be hanged in Britain. - Daily Mail

  • Praise for Carol Anne Lee's A Fine Day For A Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story

  • Worthy of Truman Capote . . . the finest account of awaiting execution that I have ever read.

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