Blades, brooms and blogs: Guardian reporter's website re-examines unsolved valley murder.
4:51pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A 92-year-old murder-mystery has led to the Guardian’s chief reporter creating a website to investigate the Amman Valley’s great unsolved crime.
Steve Adams is writing a blog examining the brutal killing of shopkeeper Thomas Thomas at the Star Stores in Garnant in 1921.
Thomas was stabbed, had his head bashed in and had his throat cut in a raid which saw the thief escape with more than £100 in takings – equivalent to around £4,500 in today’s money.
Steve came across the story back in January and has been hooked ever since, leading to the creation of his Murder at the Star blog.
“It’s a real Agatha Christie-type tale - a scream in the night, a dead shopkeeper and only a bloody knife and a broken broom-handle for clues,” said Steve.
“Scotland Yard sent one of their top detectives to Garnant to discover the killer, but a month later he was back in London no closer to the truth.
“No one was ever arrested for the murder, but one man was named as the killer at Thomas Thomas’ funeral. He eventually emigrated to Australia – presumably to escape the rumours.
“I think there is no doubt now that he was innocent. My research certainly points to a far more likely suspect.
“Researching the story has taken me to the National Archives in London and the National Library of Wales as well as all over Carmarthenshire.
“I already have a wealth of information and continue to discover more all the time.
“I don’t expect to ever prove who killed Thomas Thomas, but I’m enjoying getting closer.”
To read Steve’s blog visit murderatthestar.wordpress.com
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