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Upcoming events

Friday 11th January 2019 - 7:30pm - The Memorial Hall - Talk "Controversies Around the Infamous A6 Murder" by Paul Stickler

On the evening of 22 August 1961, Michael Gregsten and Valerie Storie were abducted by a gunman from Dorney Reach near Slough. In the early hours of the next day, Michael Gregsten was shot dead. Valerie Storie was raped, shot and left for dead in a layby on Deadman’s Hill in Bedfordshire. Valerie was paralysed but survived and was able to give a full account of what had taken place. Following the then longest trial in British criminal history, James Hanratty was found guilty and later hanged for Gregsten’s murder.

Hanratty’s conviction gave rise to great controversy about the verdict in this complex case. This controversy was fuelled by the many books, television documentaries, and press reports which were published over the following fifty years.

Paul will explain the background to the case and the controversy. Why did an innocent man give an admission of guilt? Why did Hanratty refuse to help his defence team follow up his alibi and then suddenly change it? Why did the defence team then limit their use of the new alibi?

Paul Stickler is a former Detective Superintendent with a background in murder investigations. During his service he was seconded to the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia where he graduated with a diploma in International Law Enforcement and now spends his time researching British historical murders and lecturing to a wide range of audiences.

Books about the A6 murder

Saturday 9th February 2019 - 7:30pm - The Finchampstead Memorial Hall - Annual Quiz

Exercise your brain cells

Thursday 28th March 2019 - 7:30pm - The Finchampstead Memorial Hall - AGM and Talk

Trevor Ottlewski will give a talk about The Finchampstead Ridges and Simons Wood

Monday 6th May 2019 - 11:00am - Meet at Finchampstead Memorial Hall - May Day Walk

All the family are welcome to join this annual event but we do ask for dogs to be kept on leads.

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