The Secret of Bryn Estyn (Signed copy)
Signed by Richard Webster & Mike Lawson, 'The Making of a Modern Witch Hunt'
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 16cm, xx + 722pp.
Signed directly to the title page by Richard Webster. This copy has been additionally signed and annotated by Mike Lawson, who was arrested in relation to crimes at Bryn Estyn but was cleared of all wrong-doing at the Court of Appeal.
The Secret of Bryn Estyn tells the story of the gravest series of miscarriages of justice in recent British history—how innocent lives have been destroyed, the public deceived and millions of pounds wasted in a hunt for a dark conspiracy which existed only in the imagination of the investigators.
In 1991 rumours began to circulate in North Wales that Bryn Estyn, a home for adolescent boys on the outskirts of Wrexham, was the centre of a paedophile ring. A massive police investigation was launched which, over the next ten years, spread to care homes throughout Britain. Thousands were accused, hundreds arrested, and the prisons began to fill up with convicted care workers. Had we at last faced up to a horrifying reality? Or had we unleashed an entirely new kind of witch-hunt? Richard Webster has spent nine years uncovering what really happened in North Wales. The result is one of the most remarkable works of investigation ever written.
This copy is in very good condition, with a little light wear to the wrapper.