Unsolved Murders

Brindley James Booth

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Date: 29 May 1946

Place: Burton-on-Trent

Source: discovery.nationalarchives.co.uk

Brinley Booth was beaten over the head whilst investigating a burglary at a cinema and died.

The burglars had stolen a safe that they were taking away down the street in a puchchair. It was thought he was hit on the head with a jemmy.

There was not enough evidence to charge the main suspect, even when he confessed 10 years later. However, he was a US army deserter and was later sentenced to 12 years in the US after he was arrested when his charges were dismissed by the magistrate.


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see National Archives - ASSI 6/128, DPP 2/1532, ASSI 89/39

see Black Country Muse

see GMIC

see Staffordshire Archives - C/PC/12/19/1604

see Birmingham Daily Post - Friday 30 November 1956, P6, 41