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The fate of Arthur Thomas (1st of 4)

The fate of Arthur Thomas

Journalist Pat Booth's book, The fate of Arthur Thomas: trial by ambush, focused on miscarriages of justice associated with the evidence presented at Arthur Allan Thomas's trial. Booth argued that a cartridge case, shot from Thomas's gun and found in his garden, had been planted by the police team investigating the case and had no connection to the bullets used to kill Thomas's neighbours, Jeanette and Harvey Crewe. The publication of this book in 1975, which brought together material Booth had accumulated while covering the trial, was a key component of the campaign to challenge Thomas's conviction for the double murder.

Courtesy of Pat Booth.

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Reference: Pat Booth, The fate of Arthur Thomas: trial by ambush. Auckland: South Pacific, 1975.

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Greg Newbold, 'Violent crime - Controversial murder trials, 1940 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 June 2023)

Story by Greg Newbold, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 Mar 2019