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Murder in the Family

By Jeremy Josephs

As this true crime tale demonstrates, even the most successful families might be hiding terrible secrets …

On the beautiful island of Jersey, the wealthy Newall family was the epitome of success. Roderick, the eldest son, was a handsome lieutenant in the Royal Green Jackets, and his younger brother Mark was a financier. But on the night of 10 October 1987, Nicholas and Elizabeth Newall went out to dinner with their sons to celebrate Elizabeth’s forty-eighth birthday – and it was the last time they were seen alive.

At some point during that evening, Nicholas and Elizabeth were bludgeoned to death at their home. Then, their bodies were removed, leaving only bloodstains behind.

For six years, Roderick Newall denied all responsibility for the murder; even after his dramatic arrest by a Royal Navy frigate, followed by extradition from Gibraltar to stand trial on Jersey. But ultimately, he could no longer sustain the lie, and took detectives to the spot on the island where he had buried his parents with the help of his younger brother, Mark.

What had driven Roderick to murder his parents? And why should Mark Newall have been prepared to put his loyalty to his brother above that to his parents, thus becoming an accomplice to murder?

Murder in the Family is the gripping account of Jersey’s most notorious and fascinating murder case: the tracking down and conviction of the Newall brothers is a thriller without parallel. Jeremy Josephs had extensive co-operation from those close to the case and the Newall family in writing this enthralling book, which is ideal for fans of true crime everywhere.

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