Hilda Murrell

Dedicated to Hilda Murrell, murdered in UK in 1984

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Updated UK edition of ‘A Thorn in Their Side’

THE  2013 UK EDITION of Robert Green’s ‘A Thorn in Their Side: The Hilda Murrell Murder’ (2011) is available from John Blake Publishers, leading UK bookshops and from Amazon etc and also as an ebook.  It can also be bought in New Zealand using this order form.

This is the extraordinary story of a more than 30-year pursuit of the truth about how and why Robert Green’s aunt Hilda Murrell, a noted English rose grower turned anti-nuclear campaigner, was found brutally murdered outside her home town of Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Aged 78, she had just gained approval to testify at the first British planning inquiry into a new nuclear power plant at Sizewell, Suffolk.

The police theory that a lone, panicking burglar robbed and abducted Hilda in her own car for petty cash erupted into a sensational political conspiracy around Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s plans for nuclear energy, and the controversial sinking of the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano in the 1982 Falklands War.

The police took until 2005 to secure the conviction of Andrew George as Hilda’s unlikely murderer – in 1984 a 16-year-old foster home truant who could not drive. Former Royal Navy Commander Robert Green has uncovered explosive new evidence, not presented at George’s trial, which should have acquitted him. He has also discovered that Hilda Murrell was probably involved with the World War II Bletchley Park top-secret code breaking centre.


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