IN SECOND WORLD WAR BRITAIN, SOME PEOPLE GOT AWAY WITH MURDER!
It is believed that World War II was a time when everyone in Britain pulled together in an effort to defeat Nazi Germany. However, award-winning director Peter Williams has unearthed stories of murder, petty crime and spies in war-torn Kent, that remained undetected during the war years.
Some people in wartime Britain got away with murder. The bombs, rockets and doodlebugs that tore families apart, created in the rubble of broken homes an ideal hiding place for victims of murder and manslaughter. It was easier to break the law between 1939 and 1945 simply because there were so many new laws to be broken. A mind-numbing barrage of regulations and restrictions sprang up, to govern the nations’ consumption of food and fuel, for instance, and to protect the island’s security.
Scarcity drove many thousands of worthy, law-abiding citizens to become criminals. The blackout was the criminal’s friend. Frankie Fraser, reflecting on his life as a professional criminal, calls World War II “a thieves’ paradise”. Everything had its price and some of his most profitable smash ‘n’ grabs were at post offices where food and clothing coupons were stored. “They weren’t heavy to carry, like gold or jewellery. And on the Black Market, they were worth more than their weight in gold!