The Secret

The Secret

Book - 2016
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Penguin Putnam
The killer dentist, his mistress, how they murdered their spouses - and how they almost got away with it. Now a major four-part ITV drama starring James Nesbitt: 'Unswitchoffable' Guardian 'James Nesbitt is at his magnetic best' The Times 'The most grown up drama of the week and it's brilliant' Observer 'Terrific, intensely gripping' Daily Telegraph May 1991 in the seaside town of Castlerock in Northern Ireland and the bodies of two people - police officer Trevor Buchanan and nurse Lesley Howell - are found in a car filled with carbon monoxide. Their spouses are having an affair and, it appears, the pair are so distraught they have taken their own lives. Their adulterous spouses - Sunday school teacher Hazel Buchanan and dentist Colin Howell - had met in the local Baptist Church. Following the apparent double-suicide, they continued their affair secretly but both later remarried other people. A series of disasters in Howell's life - bereavement, financial disaster, sexual scandal - made him reveal his darkest secrets to the elders of his church. Among other things, he told them that he and Hazel Stewart had conspired to murder their spouses nearly two decades earlier. That confession led to two of the most sensational murder trials ever seen in the United Kingdom, Howell's conviction for murder in December 2010 and Stewart's in March 2011, despite her protestations of innocence. 'It was a dance between control and manipulation' - Colin Howell at the trial of Hazel Stewart For The Secret distinguished journalist Deric Henderson conducted extensive research and in it he has produced the definitive account of one of the most extraordinary murder cases to hit these islands for decades.

Publisher: London: Penguin Books, 2016, c2011
ISBN: 9781844883905
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 HEN
Characteristics: xii, 292 p., [8] p. of plates :,col. ill., col. ports. ;,20 cm.
Alternative Title: Let this be our secret


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Aug 23, 2017

What a wasted life, having an affair, and than the couple does a double murder of spouses to make it look like a suicide.
20 years later (2010), Howell confuses, and reveals Hazels part in it, even though they both are separated by this time. She also goes to jail for 18 yrs, but maintains her innocence today.
Why not just divorce, why murder there spouses and put so many through the loss of a parent, brother, and sisters.
They got what they deserved, and I believe that Hazel deserves to be in jail also.

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Aug 23, 2017

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