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Evil Relations: The Man Who Bore Witness Against the Moors Murderers

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Despite standing as chief prosecution witness in the Moors Murders trial, David Smith was vilified by the public due to the accusations thrown at him by Myra Hindley and Ian Brady about his involvement in their crimes. Hindley's later confession that she and Brady had lied in an attempt to reduce their sentences did little to diminish the slurs against his name.

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Published April 20th 2012 by Mainstream Digital (first published June 2nd 2011)
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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 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 po ...more
Carol Mcleod
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
Trev Twinem
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 c
Pete daPixie
David Smith does not exist in Wikipedia 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 po
Lynda Kelly
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 alive.....what 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 ki ...more
Excellent book and a further indication, if needed, that people really are idiots.

Slated for stopping the Moors Murders. Well done.
Lindsey Strachan
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 ...more
Theresa Turner
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 case..I CAN,T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS BOOK..IT,S EXCEPTIONAL...and i highly recommend this book for all True Crime readers!!
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
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 Saddleworth...a fictional account of what may have happened had Myra been released from prison. Thankfully it was a freebie for the Kindle on Amazon 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 bac
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!
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.
The most honest autobiography I've read and Smith paints a great picture of life in Manchester in the 50s and 60s.
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
Jan Brokofsky
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.
Alexander Amatosi
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.
Ruth Turner
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.

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.
Zoë Bleasdale
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
An atrocious read written by the man who broke the Moors Murders case wide open. It goes to show just how many lives can be ruined when you commit a murder. The pain caused by these two idiots spreads in all directions.
I might stop reading as far too much information i ever needed to know!!!
Not as good as some other serial killer books, bit slow in places!
I just finished this in tears - truly haunting
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