To Encourage The Others
First published: 1971 ISBN: 0 552 13451 1
The murder case that shook a generation
On 2nd November 1952, two teenagers were trapped by police on a warehouse roof. In the course of what the national press were to describe as 'a Chicago-style gun battle', P.C. Sidney Miles was shot between the eyes and died.
16-year-old Christopher Craig and 19-year-old Derek Bentley were subsequently arrested and sent to trial. They came to personify the disaffected youth of post-war Britain, but Derek Bentley became much more. His story and ultimate fate are unique annals of criminal history.
Originally published in 1971 and the subject of a BAFTA nominated television play by the author. This book and the evidence it contains twice forced Governments to reopen a murder case long closed it finally led in July 1993 to the granting of a posthumous Royal pardon to Derek Bentley.