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The Murder of Billie-Jo [Kindle Edition]

Sion Jenkins , Bob Woffinden
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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In February 1997 Billie-Jo Jenkins was murdered at her home in Hastings, Sussex. In July 1998 her foster father Siôn was convicted and sent to prison for life. After a monumental legal battle, in which there were an unprecedented six court hearings, Siôn Jenkins was finally acquitted in February 2006 after a gross miscarriage of justice. Having already faced three criminal trials, Siôn Jenkins had to undergo a fourth – a trial by media which continues to this day. Now, Siôn Jenkins puts on record what actually happened; the whole story from the beginning.


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About the Author

SION JENKINS, who was born in Greenwich, south London, was appointed deputy headteacher at William Parker School in Hastings in 1992. In 1998, he was convicted of the murder of Billie-Jo, the 13-year-old girl whom he and his wife had fostered. He spent six years in maximum security prisons before his conviction was overturned at appeal in 2004. After two re-trials, he was acquitted in 2006.He is now studying for a masters degree in criminology and criminal justice at Portsmouth University. BOB WOFFINDEN, who began his journalistic career in the 1970s as associate editor of New Musical Express, has been writing about wrongful convictions for 20 years. He has helped to secure the release of many prisoners and, uniquely, has won two cases at the House of Lords, one of which established the rights of prisoners claiming innocence to receive visits from journalists.He became involved in the Sion Jenkins case in 1998 after publishing articles, within a week of the guilty verdict, arguing that Jenkins was an innocent man. His books include Miscarriages of Justice and Hanratty - The Final Verdict.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 793 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184454818X
  • Publisher: Metro (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844546292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844546299
  • ASIN: B009RRZO7G
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Burden of Proof 24 Sept. 2011
Format:Hardcover
Twelve months ago, the authorities refused Sion Jenkins compensation for the time he'd spent in jail. Added to that, only one of the juries he faced during his three trials were able to deliver a verdict (the first, guilty). Therefore, I think it's safe to say, most people think Sion Jenkins is guilty of this grotesque crime. One person who isn't is the co-author here, Bob Woffinden. There lies the problem with books of this nature, it can never be a truly authentic account of what went on that day, filtered as it is through the main protagonist, who might, or might not be, a murderer and his chief ally. The key information is exclusive to Sion Jenkins only of course, no matter what the scientific experts say as they conduct their game of ping-pong with the forensic evidence.

But what struck me most on reading this is how difficult, short of the deed actually being caught on film, it is for the police to get a murder conviction these days. Everything points to Jenkins being the murderer, nothing more so than the blood spatter on his clothes. And much of the book is devoted to the trashing of this evidence, but I remain convinced it is the defining point. It's said there wasn't enough blood on him, but that's not entirely true when one examines the science. Impact spatter goes forwards and sideways, not backwards towards the attacker. A fine mist will hang in the air for a few seconds that can settle on anything in the immediate environment (a blue fleece jacket for instance). The defence team's assertion that the specks on Jenkins were deposited onto him by the last gasps of Billie Jo seems far fetched in the extreme. Furthermore, it's estimated for the specks to be so far apart would have meant her exhaling a full 2.5 litres of air. From a dying/already dead 13 year old?
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shoot yourself in the foot 6 April 2014
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I've deliberated over how to rate this book. Is it well written? Not particularly. Is it informed? Yes, but one of the authors was convicted of the crime he describes. Is it persuasive? For me, yes. But probably not in the way the author intended. Should the author derive profit from sales? Absolutely not, in my view. Did I enjoy it? No, because the heart of the account is the murder of a bright and beautiful young woman at the outset of her life. Is it a book I'd recommend to other readers? Yes, because they could take an informed view with the 'benefit' of Billie Jo's stepfather/coauthor/ alleged killer input.

I recall this case when it happened. It's one I've followed over the years, every strange twist and turn adding a different and more unfathomable element. I don't buy in, at all, to Billies Jo being murdered by a random, opportunistic individual who, perchance, was lurking in the alley. In buying and reading this book, I've given the person accused of and tried for the crime the opportunity to persuade me that he was not responsible. I am not so persuaded. I found it a narcissistic account. A desire to remain in the public eye protesting innocence.

This book deserves a wide audience and for that reason alone, I'm giving it 5 stars. Make your own judgement, but consider other, better informed and less prejudiced accounts of events before drawing any conclusion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More questions than answers 31 July 2013
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Without doubt this account is heavily biased from Jenkins' side. The more I read, the more I wondered if, just perhaps, he was telling the truth. There was still a very small niggle in my mind at the end, but ultimately I am not inclined to change my initial view that Jenkins is an articulate, educated, and very plausible killer.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Justice system 18 July 2013
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The book serves to illustrate the criminal justice didn't get it right after trials as Sion Jenkins was let off on a technicality due to scientific evidence being disproved. However the case against him was not proven. The fact he has been refused compensation for his original conviction demonstrates that he was not acquitted. I think he is highly likely to be the killer as the whole book is an essay in the machinations of the criminal justice system and it very unemotional. He did not cradle Billie Jo when by his own admission she lay dying but instead shut the door on her and went back out to his car ostensibly in shock. however it was to place himself in the car after he supposedly found her body and thus explains the forensic evidence of this encounter.

He comes across as very bitter about his ex wife and his estranged daughters but they have made no effort to see him. Indeed his ex wife indicated he was a controlling wife beater and he hit the girls. As a proven liar his moral compass also is in doubt.

None of this ultimately makes him a killer but his assertion a mystery intruder did it is fantastical. When he discovered Billie Jo he didn't rush to check for the intruder and it is testament to this fact he didn't go in the house by the supposed entry the intruder did even though much is made of the side gate being open which should have alerted him to the intruder. So Billie Jo is bludgeoned with a tent pole by a mystery man but remains in the position where she was painting. If someone had come in surely she would have ran away but not if she already knew them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow fantastic
What a fantastic and very sad book from the sad murder of a young teenager to the wrongful conviction of a father. I hope justice will be found for both. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mikki
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
could not get into it dont waste your money
Published 19 days ago by hayley evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Very worthwhile read.
A shocking true story of a man wrongly accused of and imprisoned for murder and his battle for justice against a flawed legal system that refused to believe he could be innocent... Read more
Published 1 month ago by CD
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
brilliant but what a shame for her family
Published 1 month ago by mrs e i faraday
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping book
A really good read but has really left me questioning who has done this, I still don't know if Sion is actually innocent or not
Published 1 month ago by Hannah
3.0 out of 5 stars poor Billy-Jo, bless her
Bless !! poor Billy-Jo, bless her, she endured so much heart ache during her short life, afraid I couldn't read it through, the story got too much for me.
Published 1 month ago by merilyn deane
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I read this with ignorance of the case it was a good read( i didn't mean the subject) as the poor girl lost her life, i still dont know what to believe though.
Published 2 months ago by JULESK
1.0 out of 5 stars Cannot recommend it.
An uncomfortable read for reasons I feel it unwise to elaborate on.
Published 3 months ago by Wallis
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
Enjoyed this book, lots of factual info, very strange why Sions wife behaved in the way she did? There's being in an unhappy marriage and finding a way out, but saying the things... Read more
Published 4 months ago by liza stagg
1.0 out of 5 stars a vehicle for Jenkins to bleed about how he was wronged overlooking...
Awful, a vehicle for Jenkins to bleed about how he was wronged overlooking the death of a beautiful young woman.
Published 5 months ago by Gerard Nolan
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