Oscar winner Julian Fellowes stars in and co-wrote these five
brand new factual-based films, each of which is unique in
terms of its characters, motive and historical period. At
the time they were front page news and a common theme runs
throughout - none of these murders was ever solved...
Fellowes Investigates A Most Mysterious Murder sees Julian
Fellowes act as our tour guide as he takes us back in time
to investigate a number of real life murders that were never
solved. He acts as a sort of historical detective, uncovering
the dark goings on behind these five factual based films.
first tale, The Case of Charles Bravo (1876), is concerned
with the death of a young barrister who died shortly after
he was married. Chief suspects were his wife, her companion,
her lover and a groom. At the time, this was one of the most
sensational legal drama of the 19th Century, ensuring that
the case not only made headline news, but history.
second story, The Case of Rose Harsent (1902), follows
the investigation after a pregnant maidservant was found stabbed
to death in the village of Peasenhall. It was alleged that
the father of the unborn child was William Gardiner - a preacher
of the Primitive Methodist Chapel - as it was well known that
he had had an affair with the victim. The police, for some
strange reason, originally thought it was suicide, but, after
the crime was investigated, the preacher was unsuccessfully
tried twice. Both times the jury was unable to reach a verdict.
Case of George Harry Storrs (1909) investigates the
untimely, violent death of wealthy industrialist George Harry
Storrs. George was the younger of two brothers. George started
an affair with the his brother's governess, Mariah - an affair
that if discovered could have lost George his part of the
family business and Mariah her job. The couple parted when
Mariah attended college, returning six months later (Fellowes
believing that she gave birth to George's child while away).
The two didn't continue the affair on Mariah's return and
she committed suicide soon afterwards. After Mariah's death,
George started to receive anonymous threatening letters. Soon
afterwards George was attacked and killed. There
were two trials - the first for James Storrs, and the second
for a local man who George made an enemy of when he discovered
the man cavorting with a girl on the Storrs estate.
Case of the Croydon Poisonings (1929), looks at the mysterious
murder of three members of the same family. At Birdhurst Rise,
between April 1928 and March 1929, three members of the same
family were poisoned. Strongly suspected were other family
members Grace Duff and Thomas Sidney, but there was insufficient
evidence to bring a charge.
Case of the Earl of Erroll (1941) is set in colonial Kenya,
and sees the death of Hon Josslyn Victor Hay, the 22nd Earl
of Erroll who was found just outside of Nairobi with a bullet
through his head. On the surface it was a straightforward
murder, a crime of passion. Erroll, a white settler in Kenya,
was a womaniser. When Erroll began a torrid affair with the
new wife of Sir Jock Delves Broughton, some were not surprised
that, in January 1941, Erroll's body was found in his car,
a bullet in his brain. Broughton was naturally the principal
suspect and was soon arrested and tried. Broughton was acquitted
- ballistic evidence showed that the bullet had not come from
his revolver. But six months later he killed himself with
a morphine overdose in the Adelphi hotel in Liverpool. So
was he really guilty of murdering Erroll?
double DVD includes a number of extras including a behind
the scenes featurette; biography of Jullian Fellowes; case
notes; and picture gallery.
release is a must own for anyone who enjoys murder mysteries.
The great thing about this series is that we are never entirely
sure who is behind each real murderer/s. All Fellowes does
is revisit the facts that are known and offer the most likely
of explanations. An exceptionally compelling release.
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