Murder at the Crumbles
The Case of Irene Munro
Field and William Thomas Gray, both ex-servicemen in their twenties,
murdered a young woman at the Crumbles near Eastbourne.
working on a near-by railway line recalled seeing the girl, apparently
in a happy mood, with 2 men. Other witnesses had also seen the trio,
and the police were able to build descriptions of the 2 men. They were
identified as local residents Jack Field and Thomas Gray. Both were
out of work, and Gray in particular was regarded as an unsavoury character.
not guilty, but they had been seen together with the girl by too many
witnesses to contest identification. Gray's attempts while in custody
to fake an alibi with the help of a fellow-prisoner did not help, despite
his defence by Sir Edward Marshall Hall. Marshall Hall suggested that
it would have been unlikely for a girl of Irene Munro's education and
refinement to have fallen in with such down-and-out characters as the
accused. But it came out that Irene Munro was not above enticing older
men, and though she had not been raped it was suggested that her refusal
of the two men's sexual advances roused them to fury, and they savagely
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