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Witness (later issued as Evil Relations): The Story of David Smith, Chief Prosecution Witness in the Moors Murders Case Paperback – 2 Jun 2011


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845967399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845967390
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,485 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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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By smj on 5 Jun 2011
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 July 2011
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This is a story that desperately needed and deserved to be told. When David Smith turned in the two moors murderers to the police on 7th October 1965, he did the right thing as any decent one of us would have done. From then on he was hounded and vilified by people who should have known better - starting with the accusation, made by one of the cops in charge of the case, that he only went to the police "to save your own neck". That accusation doesn't make any sense now, and it never did. If he was worried about saving his own neck, the best way would have been simply to go home and keep quiet about the whole thing. The trouble with that is that Brady and Hindley would have got away with the murder of Edward Evans, and with all the other murders they had already committed. And what's more, they would have continued with their vile activities, and who knows how many more children and young people would have been cruelly tortured, killed and buried on the moors before the two were eventually caught? Is that really what David Smith's detractors would have wanted?

But the reality is that young David did make the right call that night - which was to do what was needed to get out of there in one piece, to tell his wife Maureen, the unfortunate sister of Myra Hindley, and to call the police. Notice that I can't help referring to David by his first name, and I see that many other reviewers have done the same; it must be simply because this superbly written book makes you feel that you know him so well. David tells us the story of his childhood and teenage life with frank honesty and without making excuses.
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