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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844541428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844541423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,622,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nathan Yates covered the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman as a Daily Mirror staff reporter, from the day of the girls' disappearance. The indepth reporting of these events won Nathan and his colleagues the title Team Reporters of the Year at the 2003 British Press Awards. Nathan has been at the Daily Mirror for seven years and has worked for four other national newspapers since leaving Oxford University with a first class degree in English.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Jones on February 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is extremely well written. It tackles a difficult subject tastefully and factually. The level of detail is impressive - the author was obviously very close to the whole sequence of events, as well as carrying out in-depth research.
Particularly compelling is the account of the interview Yates conducted with Maxine Carr in the very house in which the girls were murdered. Only days after the interview the truth came out; it is easy to sense Yates's shock at seeing the story unfold right in front of him, as one of the main reporters on the scene.
Yates delves into Huntley's past, trying to discover how someone could grow from being a child himself to becoming a child-killer. We are left with the sense that there is no easy answer, that his life story doesn't really explain it all, that maybe some people are just born that way. A chilling thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Barnard on April 5, 2013
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This was a well written account of an awful crime that is beyond comprehension. I thought it was handled well. I knew only a little about this crime as it was barely covered in Australia. Well worth the time and money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Jones on February 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is extremely well written. It tackles a difficult subject tastefully and factually. The level of detail is impressive - the author was obviously very close to the whole sequence of events, as well as carrying out in-depth research.
Particularly compelling is the account of the interview Yates conducted with Maxine Carr in the very house in which the girls were murdered. Only days after the interview the truth came out; it is easy to sense Yates's shock at seeing the story unfold right in front of him, as one of the main reporters on the scene.
Yates delves into Huntley's past, trying to discover how someone could grow from being a child himself to becoming a child-killer. We are left with the sense that there is no easy answer, that his life story doesn't really explain it all, that maybe some people are just born that way. A chilling thought.
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By CR on February 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
I. KEPT PUTTING THIS.BOOK DOWN AND A MINUTE OR SO LATER PICKED IT BACK UP. RIVITING!!! SUCH A SAD.STORY. Ian Huntley is a true monster.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Book Review: Beyond Evil by Nathan Yates

This is a very riveting and engrossing paperback which outlines the crimes of one Ian Huntley, who on the outside appeared to be a wonderful fellow (although to many a bi t odd) but turned out to be the murderer of two young girls who were lured into his house and killed through suffocation. He later took their dead bodies to a nearby waterway and hid them under the exposed roots of a large tree growing on a bank. Later he returned to check the bodies, as he was very nervous about being found out, and noticed that the water level had fallen and that the bodies were more exposed and therefore more visible. He then poured petrol on the dead girls and lit them with a cigarette lighter. Eventually the bodies were discovered by a runner and the trail soon led back to Huntley. Huntley became the most despised man in England and was threatened by other criminals whilst in jail awaiting his trial. His accomplice, who tried to cover for him, was a strange woman by the name of Maxine Carr. At first Carr was unaware that Huntley had murdered the two young girls. She was sentenced to about three years in jail while Huntley, who was forever a compulsive liar, was sentenced to life. The public was absolutely outraged by the murders, the news about which travelled the world in newspapers, TV programs and the Internet. Hundreds of people turned up at and outside the court case, many wanting the lynch the fiends.

I learnt a great deal from this book, especially about the English justice system etc. I feel so very sorry for the families of the two victims. What they went through must have been horrific.
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