Sept. 6, 2022

Tarrant Keynston part 1

Hello All, I have just posted part 1 of the murder at Tarrant Keynston, Dorset. Originally this was to be posted at the end of season 4 with someone else narrating, a very nice chap offered to narrate as it was clear that it wasn’t my strong point, but it did not come to fruition, which was a pity. Anyhow, for better or worse, I am going to continue now although I don’t enjoy it and if you listen closely, you will hear my narration speed up as I just want it over. I enjoy the research and the writing but not the speech part.

This case I thought was unknown when I found it in the National Archives, but I have since found a transcript of the notes on a website about unsolved murders, so check that out if you can’t wait to find out what happened.

I don’t like making a story over two parts, but this would have been too long, so I will post within a couple of days part 2.

My previous podcast about Edward Reeve, also a Dorset murder, but this one from 2022, I recorded in a hurry over a bottle of wine and wasn’t too happy on listening to it later as I had left the window open and there was a fierce thunderstorm that seemed to impact the recording which I was almost oblivious at the time.

I have been to Tarrant Keynston and have stayed at the pub the ‘True Lovers knot’. I remember that the stairs leading to the rooms smelt of dog, not a problem for me as I love dogs but maybe too much for some people.

I found this case interesting as it suggests that in the past it was easier to get away with murder, with present detection techniques, the murderer would have been bought to book almost immediately. Also today there is not the same isolation in remote villages, not the same comradery or sense of belonging.