Episode 8

The Babbacombe Murder Mystery (Part Two)

The Babbacombe Murder Mystery (Part Two)

Season: 5 Episode: 8

Saturday, the 15th February 1884 saw the fateful murder of 68 year old, Emma Anne Whitehead Keyse at The Glen in Babbacombe in Devon. All the evidence pointed to just one suspect, 21 year old John Henry George Lee, the Butler and general handyman.

Listen to the account of his trial and discover what made this particular crime stand out in history and inspire an album bu Fairport Convention


John Lee - Steve Yeo

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette & The Scotsman- Cerise Reed

Gerald de Courcy Hamilton - Steve Sheperd

Sir William Harcourt - Tony Allen


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Cumbernauld News - Thursday 23 December 1971 [1]

Sunday Post - Sunday 22 December 1946

Western Morning News - Thursday 20 November 1884

Illustrated London News - Saturday 29 November 1884

Epsom Journal - Tuesday 09 December 1884

Aberdeen Press and Journal - Saturday 07 February 1885

Leeds Mercury - Friday 20 December 1907

North Devon Journal - Thursday 28 January 1909




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Back In The Day music by Freesoundmusic


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