The definitive book on the case which led to a posthumous pardon. A classic within the True Crime genre.
The notorious Cameo Cinema murder case of 1949 is one of Britains legal cause célèbres
. But for over half a century the convictions of two young men, George Kelly and Charles Connolly, went unchallenged, until following publication of The Cameo Conspiracy
both were exonerated by the Court of Appeal in 2003. This made it the longest-running miscarriage of justice in British legal history.
In this powerful, meticulously-researched account the author painstakingly exposes the evil police conspiracy which sent Kelly to the gallows and Connolly to ten years imprisonment. He recounts how the men were framed by corrupt investigators and condemned by an amoral legal establishment, making it a terrible indictment of human wickedness by those supposed to uphold the law.
This revised third edition of the definitive book on the case not only reveals a diabolical miscarriage of justice but comprehensively describes the arrests, trials and execution as well as Kellys successful posthumous appeal. It also authentically chronicles 1940s Liverpool, its pubs, post-war rationing, shebeens, black market and the colourful and seedy characters of the citys underworld.
Skelly is a very good writerNorman Mailer
He writes from the heart with his lifes bloodJohn Schlesinger
The best book I have ever readFormer Police Sergeant, Chris Kelly
One mans relentless hunt for the truthLiverpool Echo
A truly brilliant book
memorable and thought-provokingJohn Howley
An impeccable account of the infamous Cameo caseProfessor E Rex Makin
As featured in the BBC TVs Murder, Mystery and My Family
Born in Liverpool and the youngest of a family of eleven, George Skelly left school at fifteen and was later educated in Oxford and at Liverpool University graduating with joint honours in History and English. With several short stories published and broadcast and his novel, The Most Familiar Face in the World, he is also the author of Murderers or Martyrs
(Waterside Press, 2012) about another miscarriage of justice two years after the Cameo case and only two streets away.