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Witness (later issued as Evil Relations): The Story of David Smith, Chief Prosecution Witness in the Moors Murders Case [Paperback]

David Smith , Carol Ann Lee
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2 Jun 2011

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.

For almost 45 years, Smith was asked by writers and film-makers to tell his story. Apart from a handful of brief interviews, he always refused. Carol Ann Lee met Smith during her research for One of Your Own, her critically acclaimed biography of Hindley, following which he finally agreed to reveal all.

In Witness, interviews, archival research and, most significantly, David Smith's own vivid memoir are fused to create an unforgettable, often harrowing account of his life before, during and after the Moors Murders.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845967399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845967390
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you thought nothing more could possibly be written about the harrowing Moors Murders, you were wrong. David Smith was there and his story is both chilling and sad" (Manchester Evening News)

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The chief prosecution witness in the Moors Murders trial gives his account of the case after 45 years of silence

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witness 4 Jun 2011
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Carol Ann Lee is the author of One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley, one of the most acclaimed books about Myra Hindley. Now she has turned her attention to David Smith, the man whose relationship with the Moors Murderers has caused emotive and divided opinions. Relatives of the victims, the public, press and the police were also judgmental about the role of David Smith and both Ian Brady and Myra Hindley tried to shift the blame onto Smith and implicate him in the murders. However, the fact remains that David Smith was the one person who put an end to the murders by informing the police about that dreadful night when he witnessed a murder.

David Smith came from a broken home and was often in and out of minor trouble when he was young. At the age of fifteen he was steadily involved with Maureen Hindley, Myra's younger sister. At the age of sixteen, Smith found himself married and with a child on the way. At the time he was sixteen, Brady was twenty six, an older man - and he had already killed. This book details the whole of Smiths life, how he met and married Maureen and his relationship with both his and her family. The cover of the book shows Smith looking uncannily like Stuart Sutcliffe (the member of the Beatles who died very young) and it no surprise to read that his heroes were John Lennon and Bob Dylan. Notoriously wary of the press and authors, it must have taken someone with great tact to enable Smith to open up about those years, but Carol Ann Lee presents a balanced account of his life. One of the most shocking things to read was that David Smith lived literally doors away from Pauline Reade, the first victim of Brady and Hindley.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars honest and unapologetic 5 Jun 2011
By smj
After reading One of Your Own, Carol Ann Lee's superb biography of Myra Hindley, i was pleased to learn that she had co-written a book with David Smith, Myra Hindley's ex brother-in-law and the chief prosecution witness in her trial. As i wasn't alive in the 60's and only have vague memories of seeing the case in the news as a younger child in the 90's, i started reading Witness with no prejudices, I wasn't familiar with the Moors Murders case before reading One of Your Own and in my personal view i never once doubted that Hindley and Brady were lying about David Smith - as someone who was basically reading the facts for the first time, it seemed plain to me.

The impression i gained from reading the book was that David Smith was the hero of the whole affair. Therefore, it shocked me when i found out how he was treated by the public, press and his own community after and during the trial of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady. Surely he should have been regarded as a hero? It seemed though, that most people were happy to believe Hindley and Brady when they tried to implicate him in their crimes, a fact i can't really comprehend! Why were the public so happy to believe what they said anyway?

For these reasons i decided to read Witness and was not disappointed, finding it an honest and interesting book. David makes no excuses for things he may have done in the past and makes no apologies, he may have made mistakes in his life, which he freely admits, but going to the police about Brady and Hindley was not one of them. He did the right thing, yet amongst the hysteria that seemed to be forgotten. Reading the book i felt i was transported back with David, his memoirs were so beautifully written and evocative they really made me feel like i was exploring his mind.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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What more can I add? Well, apart from being factual, intense, harrowing at times and plain 'speaking' all the time, the story of David Smith, and his life and family, finally tells the whole truth. Nothing is overlooked or sweetened up in any way at all. He has written his story as it happened and how he reacted to events at the time. It is long overdue and a story that needed to be told.
It also says a lot about the man that he kept quiet for so long despite all the false accusations aimed at him and abuse suffered by himself and those close to him. Even whilst Brady and Hindley continued to whinge and gain support for their 'Hard times', (Brady still does.) Hindley finally told the truth and completely exonerated David Smith from any involvement with the 'Moors Murders.' I believe that even without Hindley stating that fact it should have been obvious to everybody that David Smith brought Brady and Hindley to justice and prevented further murders. I hope this book will open the eyes of many people to that fact and just how much he and his family, unbelievably, suffered for him doing so.
This book brings a whole new dimension to the story of the Moors Murders and gives the reader a totally new insight into Brady and Hindley that has never been shown before, despite the millions of words printed about them.
This factual account has been too long in coming, although it will be plain to all readers why David Smith remained silent for so long. It must have seemed to him that nobody was listening and nobody cared. Well, David, I hope people will listen and will also care now.
Congratulations to Carol Ann Lee also. She has, once again, produced a book that is absolutely unique and brilliantly written.

This book has been published again under the new name of Evil Relations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic autobiography of the man who put an end to the Moors...
This book follows on from the brilliantly detailed One of your Own (The life and death of Myra Hindley). Read more
Published 9 days ago by Victoria Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldnt put it down
A brilliant book. It's a harrowing story and I really felt for what Davids life was like and the suffering he must have gone through.
Published 1 month ago by MR GP LYON
5.0 out of 5 stars kiindle buy
bought as a range for christmas present for my husband not yet read this one but i am sure it is going to be a great read.
Published 8 months ago by anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving
Thoroughly captivated by his book too much has been written about Hindley and Brady. Was good to read about the man who ended their time on the streets. Read more
Published 14 months ago by elaine-u
5.0 out of 5 stars witness
ive read alot of the moors and other various murderers but this is the best i have ever read,the only book i would ever recomend
Published 18 months ago by michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars From an old ex-Mancunian!
Well this book just about made/ruined my Xmas! I started reading it on Xmas Day and finally looked up to acknowledge my husband around midnight on Boxing Day. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kay D. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Scapegoat
David Smith was the scapegoat that the public used to vent their anger at when the awfulness of the moors murders came to light.

And it hardly ever stopped. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Christine Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
I bought this book and couldn't put it down. The insight into what David actually went through is mind blowing. anyone wanting a really good true story should buy this book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by ClaireR1968
5.0 out of 5 stars He does not deserve the stigma he has gotten.
David Smith was dealt his own bad hand in life, but when it came to him seeing the horrors that occurred with the murders, he stood up as people in society actually should. Read more
Published 23 months ago by S. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, raw, emotional. The account you must read
It seems odd to say this book is amazing or fantastic because of the case it surrounds and the raw emotion that's honestly written throughout, which at times make it painful read. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Sarah
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