The Press: British Mystery Story

Britain's reigning crime sensation, touted by Picture Post as "Scotland Yard's biggest investigation of the century," has been making headlines for a month: YARD PROBES DEATHS OF 300 RICH WOMEN; YARD PROBES MASS POISONING. Papers reported plans to exhume bodies, test cemetery soil, investigate wills and drug sales. But despite a spate of stories about the Case of the Eastbourne Deaths, many a reader stumbled bewildered through such a maze of hints, irrelevancies and non sequiturs that it was hard to figure out what the uproar was all about. Reason: the tough British laws of libel and contempt that...

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