John Lee is the most infamous Victorian criminal after Jack the Ripper. Found guilty of the murder of his employer, he was sent for execution but three times the trap failed to open. Released from gaol after 23 years, he married, then abandoned his family and disappeared. This text pieces together his story, reviewing and presenting new evidence.
Mike Holgate is a writer and researcher specialising in true crime. His researches into the Babbacombe murder and John Lee formed the basis of an episode of Granada television's In Suspicious Circumstances series. Ian Waugh is a broadcaster, producer and consultant with a unique archive of material relating to the Babbacombe murder.