BBC News and The Times Cover Writers Feud
Warning this post contains distressing details
We have just started working with author Graeme Sheppard and his book A Death in Peking.. We are absolutely delighted to announce features in both The Times and BBC News. Links to both articles are below:
The debate has erupted over the unsolved murder of a young British woman in Peking in 1937. The authors research has both led them to suspect different killers. Paul French, whose book Midnight in Peking became a bestseller in 2012, believes that a group of westerners were responsible for the death of Pamela Werner. Graeme has accused Paul of sloppy workmanship. Graeme is a retired detective who spent 30 years working for Scotland Yard before his retirement last year!
Graeme Sheppard, believes that French has unfairly smeared the reputations of an American dentist and a former US marine. Graeme’s book, A Death in Peking, claims that the true killer was a Chinese man named Han Shou-ch’ing. Edward Werner, Pamela’s father and a British consul in China, blamed the head of the Chinese police for the murder.
On the evening of her death, Pamela had been ice-skating with friends in the foreigners-only Legation Quarter of Peking. She was due to leave for London in a few days to pursue further studies.
She left her friends at about 7pm. They would never see her again.
Her body was found the following morning on frozen ground next to the only surviving section of the city’s Ming Dynasty wall.
What investigators then and now have struggled to understand was the motivation for the severe mutilation of her body. Organs had been removed, ribs broken. Her heart, bladder, kidneys and liver were gone.
Her throat was cut in what could have been an unsuccessful attempt to remove her head. Her right arm remained attached but only just.
Whoever did this was either sloppy or had been interrupted and left quickly, because crucial evidence was at the site when police arrived.
After Pamela’s murder, her father Edward Werner – then in his 70s – was left to solve a grisly crime alone and with a broken heart. He spent the rest of his life searching for the killers and his quest would produce voluminous correspondence to officials in China and also back in London.
Read the full articles below and decide for yourself!