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Murder on the Common: The Secret Story of the Murder That Shocked a Nation (Blake's True Crime Library) [Paperback]

Keith Pedder
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15 Aug 2004 Blake's True Crime Library
This is the book that the Metropolitan Police tried to ban. It contains shocking letters between police and the chief suspect of this terrible crime, that will make you wonder if justice was really done...No one could have imagined that when beautiful young Rachel Nickell went for a walk on Wimbledon Common with her little son, it would have resulted in a wicked, sickening crime that appalled a nation; or that the police investigation that followed would cost over a million pounds. This is the inside story of that operation by the police detective that headed it up. It reveals information that has hitherto been withheld, and spectacularly prints letters from the police involved in the operation to the chief suspect that will astonish the reader and bring the details of this terrible case right back into the public eye...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Publishing (15 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184454057X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844540570
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keith Pedder joined the Metropolitan Police in 1975 and was first posted to Peckham, south London. He later moved to Tower Bridge, where he served for more than five years with the famous 'Sweeney' (The Flying Squad) where he says, 'I spent most of my time nicking armed robbers.' He was promoted to Detective Inspector in 1992. Rachel's case was one of the first he conducted in that role.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant idiosy 7 Mar 2008
A brilliantly written book showing how badly the Met handled the case. Every page has the author (and lead detective on the case) tries to say how right he was when it is cleaer to the reader to see how WRONG he was.

How is person can be so stupid is beyond me. If you want to see just how far the Met are preppared to go to get their man, innocent or guilty, this is the book for you.

I reccommend you buy a copy second hand so that the author doesn't get a penny for his devily actions.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Self-serving crap 9 Aug 2005
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A feeble attempt at self-justification by the policeman who masterminded the operation that caused an innocent man to spend 13 months on remand for a crime that there was not a shred of evidence he committed!
Pedder even claims to have seen things that he never mentioned in his statements at the time. He gives new meaning to the words "selective memory"!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ouch... 5 Jan 2014
First off, I must say that this book is quite well written. Whilst Pedder and the other officers working on this case caused a significant amount of damage to an innocent man's life, I can't deny that this was a good read. As another reviewer has mentioned, it's highly insightful to see where they went wrong and how emotion, coupled with the old "policeman's hunch", led to the destruction of Colin Stagg's life. It is also worth remembering that not only was Stagg innocent, the actual killer went on to commit another two murders and countless sexual assaults. I have no doubt that this weighs heavily on Pedder's mind. Of course, the book was written before the actual killer was convicted, so there is no mention of this.

I would be reluctant to recommend buying this new. In much the same way prisoners are prevented from benefiting from the profit raised by books they write, Pedder doesn't deserve a penny for this book. Find a used copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic Tale 24 April 2005
This book is the tragic story of the sickening and heart wrenching murder of Rachel Nickell, a beautiful 23yr old women who's life was cut tragically short in July of 1992 on Wimbledon Common. The author, Keith Pedder was in charge of that investigation.
This book takes you behind the scenes of a most terrible crime, and reviews the subsequent case against Colin Stagg. As the book desribes, it's material was deemed to be too sensitive, (in parts) that Scotland Yard didn't want it to see the light of day. Presumably because of S.Y's involvement in the Undercover Op that was sensationally condemned at the Old Bailey.
The book is well written, and with compassion. For all the details that make this story hard to take, your thoughts are always for Rachel, her family, what they must have gone through, and obviously her little boy, who was found clinging to his dead Mum. It also makes you realise how difficult a job the Police have, and, in this particular case, how they took Rachel to their hearts.
Murder on the Common is perhaps, as you would expect, full of twists and turns, hopes and fears. You live it as Keith Pedder did. I couldn't put it down and as a bookworm, i can honestly say it's one of the best books i've read. The book also describes Paul Britton's (Britains leading offender profiler) involvement in the case. I just wish it wasn't true, and that justice was done.
RIP Rachel
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