Murder and witchcraft

Looks like a great read for true crime buffs…

Simon Read


Every now and then I have to do some shameless self-promotion—such as right now. Next month, UK publisher The History Press will release my next book, The Case That Foiled Fabian: Murder and Witchcraft in Rural England. The book is a non-fiction account of the unsolved 1945 pitchfork murder of Charles Walton in the village of Lower Quinton. Some believe the murder was the last ritual witchcraft killing in Britain. Scotland Yard dispatched its best man, Chief Inspector Robert Fabian, to investigate. Here’s the jacket copy.

On Wednesday 14 February 1945, the body of Charles Walton was discovered on the lower slopes of Meon Hill near the sleepy Warwickshire village of Lower Quinton, his torso pinned to the ground by a pitchfork. Myths and rumours soon swirled about the crime. Accounts claim Walton, a lifelong resident of Lower Quinton and a retired labourer, was believed by many to be…

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