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The Case that Foiled Fabian: Murder and Witchcraft in Rural England

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The first book to examine the last ritual witchcraft murder in Britain

On Wednesday, February 14, 1945, the body of Charles Walton was discovered beneath a willow tree in the sleepy village of Lower Quinton, his torso pinned to the ground by a pitchfork that had been viciously driven through him. Walton, a life-long resident of the town and a retired laborer, was believed b
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Paperback, 204 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by The History Press (first published May 15th 2014)
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Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was a fascinating read about an unsolved murder case that took place in Lower Quinton, a sleepy little Warwickshire village back in 1945.

Chief Inspector Robert Fabian of Scotland Yard was sent in to solve this grisly crime, as he was considered the best man for the job. But as the title suggests, it completely foiled him, and to this day, it remains unsolved.

Rumours of witchcraft and satanic worship in the picturesque village played a part in this real life murder mystery and the locals rem
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Xanthi
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a long book - I read it in one day. The focus is on the Pitchfork Murder but there is more to the book - the supposed witchcraft element, local folklore, the detectives background etc.
Easy to read, though of course this isn't a comment on the murder itself, which was horrific. Instead, the book flowed well and was easy to follow.
Deanne
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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Could have been a much shorter book, but there's a lot of detail about Fabian and his life. The Man himself is an interesting character, how he got into the police and his early career.
The case itself is also interesting, especially the story and fantastic tales that have grown up around it. Bad enough that someone used a pitchfork to kill an old man, the idea that witchcraft was involved is bizarre.
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