The definitive account of the terrifying 1977 Pottery Cottage murders that
For three days, escaped prisoner Billy Hughes played macabre psychological games with
Gill Moran and her family, keeping them in separate rooms of their home while secretly
murdering them one by one. On several occasions Hughes ordered Gill and her husband
Richard to leave the house for provisions, confident that they would return without
betraying him in order to protect their loved ones.
Blizzards hampered the desperate police search, but they learned where the dangerous
convict was hiding and closed in on the cottage. A high-speed car chase on icy roads
ended with a crash and the killer being shot as he swung a newly sharpened axe at his
final victim. This was Britain's first instance of police officers committing 'justifiable
homicide' against an escapee.
The story of these terrible events is told here by C arol Ann Lee and Peter Howse, the
former chief inspector who saved Gill Moran's life over forty years ago.
Peter's professional role has permitted access to witness statements, crime scene
photographs and police reports. Peter Howse and C arol Ann Lee have made use of these,
along with fresh interviews with many of those directly involved, to tell a fast-paced and
truly shocking story with great insight and empathy.