The traffic on my website indicates that quite a few visitors are searching for information about my book Swansea Murders.
It is still in print but, sadly, I don’t have any copies for sale on the website any more, though you can buy it on-line from Amazon and in bookshops, too.
However, my book Swansea in the 1950s has a section which includes details of two murders in Swansea, both from 1958.
The first is the story of Vivian Teed, who became the last person to be hanged in Swansea prison. He murdered 73 year old William Williams who ran the Sub-Post Office at 870 Carmarthen Road , Fforestfach. That is a rather grim story.
The second murder that year was that of Eric Batty, the manager of the Mackworth Hotel in Swansea. He was murdered by a man who was probably a spy, called Gerald Lamarque but who used a number of different identities. He found fame as an author in the name of Zeno and his book The Cauldron was used as the basis for the film A Bridge Too Far. It is a fascinating story.
Both these stories feature in the book Swansea in the 1950s.
You can find more details of the book by using the link to Swansea in the 1950s at the top of the page or by clicking here. The page should open in a new window,
You can buy a copy on the How to Buy page. Again, use the menu at the top of the page or click on this link. The page should open in a new window,
The book is also advertised on Facebook Marketplace (Swansea) where there are additional pictures.
There is also plenty of information about a number of murders – not just in Swansea – across South Wales in my book Stories in Welsh Stone. Quite a few of them remain unsolved to this day. You will find a link in the menu at the top of the page or you can click here and the page will open in a new window.
The book is heavily discounted on this website – down from £18.99 to only £9. It is a beautifully produced – and large – book but I need the space!
Click here to go to the How to Buy Page or again, use the window at the top of the page. It should open in a new window.
The book is also advertised on Facebook Marketplace (Swansea) where you can see more pictures from the book