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History buff reveals all about ‘murder lane’ and its place in village history


Shenley News has caused one longstanding local resident to come forward and recount her take on the murder.


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Joan Oakes-Monger, 86, has lived in the area all her life and remembers the murder being spoken about regularly as a child.


he story of the infamous Radlett murder in 1823 covered in the last month’s edition of My Radlett &


The family company.


Te sensational murder put the scenic village very firmly on the map. Te case is that of John Turtell who murdered fellow gambler William Weare.


Te history lover said: “My father would tell me the tale of the murder and I ended up collecting a number of books recounting the events of what happened.


“As a child, we would always refer to Gills Hill Lane where it actually happened as ‘murder lane’. I remember many famous people coming to visit purely because of what happened. It also appeared in numerous history books. It is very famous.”


In last month’s story, we mentioned that the murder took place outside the pub Te Waggon and Horses, but book lover Joan was keen to correct us.


Te grandmother of 10 can’t imagine living anywhere else and said that a lot has changed in the area, including the village centre shops, but one thing remains - the lingering memory of the murder.


She said: “Te murder itself took place in Gills Hill Lane. Tat is where Turtell first shot Weare, and then, when that didn’t work, slit his throat.


“But what people don’t realise is that Weare was still


breathing, so Turtell jabbed him in the temple. He then dumped him in the pond and moved him


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