Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.


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The guard hoofed Watson in the stomach with his boots on. The black man lay panting for breath as the prison guards continued interrogating the prisoner for another three hours. They literally beat him to a pulp.

Then Colin Sarin came down to the isolation wing and asked if Watson had said anything.

“Nothing governor the guard said.’ He still maintains that Reynolds topped himself.’

 Let him sweat for a few hours; do not let him sleep understand.’ Take that bloody seat out of that room as well so he has nowhere to sit.’

“Do we feed him?’

Unfortunately the home office would have my head if we didn’t.’

After three days of interrogation the guards were still no further forward Watson was taken from the isolation wing and then put back into the general population. He had been badly beaten by the guards. He stayed in the new cell they had allocated for him and he reported sick so he didn’t lose remission for not working.

There was an investigation and Derek Watson went on trial for the alleged murder of Albert Reynolds. However the jury found him not guilty of any crime and the case was recorded as a misadventure. Watson returned to Everthorpe knowing he could not be tried again under the double indemnity law which meant he could not be tried for the same crime a second time. He had literally got away with murder. He walked around in the exercise yard with “Nasty Nick Collins and his three associates who all shook his hand. It didn’t go unnoticed by Alan “Butch Stoneman and Danny McMullen. On the 15th June 1959 Danny McMullen was released on licence He had a word with a well known friend who was a botanist who told him where he could get his hands on some Amanita Phalloides. He picked six of them and placed them into a small plastic bag where they were dried to make transportation easier. He washed his hands thoroughly then waited for a V.O to arrive. When it did he took the bus with Billy Royale who now new that Albert had been murdered to Everthorpe Prison. Billy smuggled in the dried mushrooms along with five pound notes to Butch. Using the same method as last time Allan Butch Stoneman pushed the mushrooms and the money into the front of his underpants when the guard wasn’t looking. A week later they were given to one of the trustees along with the five pound notes with the promise of more to follow over the course of the next few months.

On the night of Halloween 1959 five men were given large mugs of mushroom soup just before lock up. They all drank the soup which tasted delicious. The cells were locked down for the night and the men all went to bed as normal. The small pan that had been used to carry the soup was distributed by a fellow Geordie called Des Baldwin; it was washed thoroughly and then rinsed out afterwards whilst the bigger urn carrying more soup made with edible mushrooms was distributed throughout the prison to the other prisoners. At 3 a.m. the five men, Nick Collins, Brian Judley, Adrian Thompson, Steven Trump, and Derek Watson all came down with severe stomach cramp. They couldn’t hold their bowels and had to use the plastic pot in the cell umpteen times. By 5 a.m. the symptoms had got worse. The all pressed the buzzers in the cell but no one came. The pain was agonising now and they were all screaming for the guards to come and help them. Graeme Oughton went straight away to the wing where the prisoners had rung for help went to the first cell where Brian Judley and Adrian Thomson were complaining of severe stomach cramps. By the time he got to Derek Watson they had all collapsed and were convulsing on the cell floor with a froth coming from their mouths. The doctor had to be called in who lived several miles away who ordered that they be taken to hospital immediately. The five prisoners under heavy guard went to the local hospital but by then it was too late as 

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