St Valentine’s Day has seen the publication of a book on Neville Heath who befriended and dined a lady before murdering her.
It is a strange case which has never before been clearly explained. The events took place on the West Cliff and Branksome Dene Chine.
Heath, both a deserter and a brave airman, was arrested for the murder but convicted and hanged for an earlier murder in London.
William Leith, who claims to have never heard of the Bournemouth murder, has given the book a good review in the Evening Standard.
Handsome Brute: The Story of a Ladykiller by Sean O’Connor (Simon & Schuster, £16.99)