[Blood on the Page] E–book Å Thomas Harding
Les Innocents going to be overly sympathetic to Wang Yam regardless of whether he wasuilty or not Fraud is not a victimless crime and Yam was involved in some way with the target an elderly and vulnerable victim Saying that of course it is not a I Was A Stranger good thing for a man to be unjustly accused of a much serious crime than the one for which he or she has been founduilty of However I finished this unsure of where the uilt actually lay and Harding did not have enough evidence to convince me that he had solved the crime For me the story of Allan Chappelow was what made this book came alive and it was fascinating to read his past Although I was very interested ultimately I felt it was ood work of journalism but less successful as a true crime book I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review What a disappointment this book is Harding is an excellent investigative journalist but the problem here is that the trial with which he s concerned was held in secret and under a agging order which forbids anyone to even speculate why that was so As Harding himself says any partial alternative view is speculation A decade since the killing of Allan Chappelow little is certain Given that the usual reason for this kind of order is the protection of national security there must be far to the story than Harding can even speculate about since nothing in the current story has anything much to do with national politics though there are intimations that the accused was an informant to the security services Harding does make some uesses about Chappelow s personal life but they re unsurprising and don t really fit with the details of the murder Even that though is less full that I expected for example there is talk of burns which don t seem to fit with the scenario that Harding tentatively outlines but we re not told enough to even judge thatThat there was oing on than came out in the public trial seems almos. A roundbreaking examination of a terrifying murder and its aftermath by the bestselling author of Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake In June 2006 police were called to number 9 Downshire Hill in Hampstead The owner of the house Allan Chappelow was an award winning photographer and biographer an expert on George Bernard Shaw and a notorious recluse who had not been seen for several weeks Someone had recently accessed his bank accounts and attempted to withdraw large amounts of money Inside the darkened house officers found piles of rubbish. And piles of rubbish in every room They searched but could not find anything but a couple of days later returned with a police dog and then discovered that there was a body in a room underneath half
A Tonne Of Papers What Began As tonne of papers What began as missing person inuiry was now a murder inuiryAs the murder inuiry began they had no leads on what the motive might have been and who the killer might have been As the leads developed they found that bank cards and money had been used by a Chinese dissident named Wang Yam As the police started to close in on him they realised that he had recently left for Switzerland and put a note out on Interpol Yam had been in the UK for a number of years claimed to be a Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth grandson of one of Mao s closest aides had been divorced been made bankrupt and sailed fairly close to the law with some of his financial arrangementsHe was arrested in Switzerland and escorted back to the UK where he was arrested for the murder of Allan Chappelow He made history in his trial though as it was the first in to be held in camera closed carefully controlled secret unheard of in modern Britain But there were certain things about this that didn t add up and there was no DNA evidence to place him a the scene of the crimeIt was a case that had intrigued Thomas Harding for a long time He knew the area well havingrown up just around the corner from the deceased s home But investigating this case came with onerous obligations the court order would stop him and many others speculating about any of the details of the case or they would be in contempt of courtI thought that this was a really 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts good book about a relatively recent case that is not as straightforward as it sounds The research is meticulous and he writes with a very strong narrative as he peers into the murky aspects of the case If you like true crime this is worth reading This should have been a fascinating look at the trial of a Chinese man for the brutal murder of an 86 year old man in Hamsptead in 2006 but for some reason it just didn t uiterab me I liked the structure of the narrative following chronologically and featuring relevant in depth looks at the background of the two men Wang "Yam and Allan Chapelow and I also liked the inclusion of "and Allan Chapelow and I also liked the inclusion of author s case notes in between the chapters Unfortunately I think that the book suffers from the fact that much of the information brought up during the trial cannot be included or even speculated about due to certain portions of the trial being conducted in secret As a result the book doesn t really introduce any new theories or evidence and is therefore only a re telling of the process followed I suspect that the author was frustrated by his inability to dig further and perhaps he should have waited until the removal of the ag order before publishing Overall this is a well researched book but it is a Little Bit DullI Received bit dullI received free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review An engaging and thought provoking true story of tragic murder June 2006 the body of millionaire author was found battered to death in his own home Allen Chappelow was a keen photographer and author yet in his later life he was an 86 year old recluse who spent most his time in his run down home in Hampstead London The murder trail was a massive case back in 2006 and so on how it was handle the case was held in secret former home secretary Jacui Smith took the very uniue view that she needed to intervene for the ood of national security Wang Yam has always denied the charges against him and due to his use of the victim credit cards he was charged with the murder there was very little in the case that revealed how or if at all the two men were connected however evidence emerge that Wang was an MI6 informant I love how well this book was written and explored the lives behind the two men using past records letters the victim wrote to family and how people around each men shaped their adult lives This book shows a very uniue case in our British justice system and if you love true crime this is defiantly a book for yo. S Harding has spent the past two years investigating the case interviewing key witnesses investigating officers forensic experts and the journalists who broke the story and has unearthed shocking and revelatory new material on the killing the victim and the supposed perpetrator It is a crime that has been described in the press and by the leading detective as 'the reatest whodunnit' of recent years an extraordinary tale of isolation deception and brutal violence stretching from the uiet streets of north London to the Palace of Westminster and beyo.
Thomas Harding ↠ 0 Read & downloadT certain but through no fault of his own Harding cannot either investigate or write about it Very frustrating Before oing into this book I did have some doubts about whether or not I would like this The result is that I mainly did like it apart from a little slowish pacing in the middle This is a very recent case here in the UK I was 7 when the murder happened 19 at recent court developments however the basis for Blood On The Page is about an author living in a posh London home alone is reported missing Despite lots of visits his body isn t discovered for a while When it is he was buried under 4 feet worth of paper with horrible injuries The investigations and secret trial made for interesting reading A very creepy read The murder of Allan Chapellow is arguably one of the strangest and most compelling cases in recent British legal history An elderly and reclusive man Chappelow lived in a dilapidated house in Hampstead on a street where properties sell for millions A writer he had penned biographies of George Bernard Shaw though he hadn t produced much in his later years Sadly he was to meet a violent end b I loved Harding s previous book The House by the Lake an entertaining mixture of family history and a history of 20th century Germany and I like true crime books so this book was a must read for me It is certainly an odd and compelling story Allan Chappelow an elderly author is found murdered in his dilapidated family home in wealthy Hampstead The police uickly home in on Wang Yam a refugee from Mao s China who was found to have used Chappelow s credit card and check book He is convicted and Hello, Snow! given a life sentence Thomas Harding is attracted to the case many years later partly because it took place near where herew up but also because it was one of the very few murder cases to be tried partly in camera A large section of the book details the fascinating and very different back stories of the two participants Despite Harding s meticulous research he appends each chapter with a case notes section in which he freuently has to explain why he was prevented from etting information mainly through the dangers of breaching the official secrets act Torn about this non fiction book which examines the trial of Chinese born Wang Yam who was accused of murdering Allan Chappelow in his London home What made the case interesting Chinese born Wang Yam who was accused of murdering Allan Chappelow in his London home What made the case interesting the fact that it was the first trial in England that was held in camera without press or spectators Chappelow was a strange fellow and Yam even stranger The book started fast for me but after the first hundred pages started to falter As with all books like this the obvious purpose of the book is to uestion the murder conviction and while there are some problems with the prosecutions case Yam is certainly not a very sympathetic defendant and by the end of the book I come away with the a very sympathetic defendant and by the end of the book I come away with the that it is possible that Yam did not commit the murder but had been involved in so many fraudulent transactions that he is probably where he should be for the next 20 years 25 stars The murder case at the centre of this book is only moderately interesting the state of the house and the circumstances in which Allan was found being the draw and the rest of the book not nearly as interesting as it could have been There are too many unanswered uestions due TO HARDING NOT BEING ALLOWED TO Harding not being allowed to speculate on why the trial was held in secret and so it feels somewhat unsatisfying The detailed accounts of police procedure and paperwork felt like filler or substitute for what really needed to be said though no doubt important uestions on the legal system were raised Wang Yam is clearly an inveterate liar and fraudster doing his defense no favours and possibly allowing the Met to have claimed they ot their man while leaving the real killer to walk free In June 2006 police were called to search the home in a road in Hampstead The reclusive owner a writer called Allan Chappelow had not been seen for a number of weeks The house was borderline derelict it had an overgrown Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies garden treesrowing inside the building. Trees Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch growing through the floor and in what was once the living room the body of Chappelow battered to death partially burned and buried under four feet of paper The man eventually arrested on suspicion of his murder was a Chinese dissident named Wang Yam a man who claimed to be therandson of one of Mao's closest aides and a key negotiator in the Tiananmen Suare protests His trial was the first in modern British history to be held 'in camera' closed carefully controlled secret Wang Yam was found Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood guilty but has always protested his innocence Thoma.