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Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder

Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder

By Graeme Rose
A ‘true-crime’ mystery set in Birmingham and the Black Country, in the English Midlands. Graeme Rose investigates the real unsolved murder of his great uncle, sweetshop-owner Fred Jeffs, on Good Friday 1957, by talking to people who remember the case. Can he unravel what really happened on that fateful night? Written & presented by Graeme Rose. Music Composition & Sound Design by Fox & Rocha (guest musician Martin Cox) Director Steve Johnstone. Podcast supported by Black Country Touring, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Arts Council England, Creative Black Country.
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The Adrian Goldberg Interview
Graeme Rose, creator of the Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder Podcast, is interviewed by renowned broadcaster Adrian Goldberg.  The interview, produced by Black Country Touring, was originally conducted 8th April 2021.  [This edit features music by Fox and Rocha]
April 19, 2021
Episode 6 Bonus Material – The Search Book
Weeks after the brutal murder of Fred Jeffs, the arrival of a new witness casts fresh light on the events of Maundy Thursday. But who is 'Jan Achcenit'? Closer investigation raises fascinating questions about the man himself. [Original music by Fox and Rocha; sound edit by Graeme Rose]
April 02, 2021
Episode 6 Bonus Material – Ice Cream Turf Wars
The Italian Connection: Could Fred Jeffs have upset a 'Don' of the gelato world by confecting his business on a rival's Langley turf? [Original music by Fox and Rocha. Sound edit by Graeme Rose]
March 26, 2021
Episode 2 Bonus Material – “Jeffs Wood”
In the early hours of Good Friday, Alan Garstang is out hunting on Wasson, with his uncle. How close do they get to witnessing the dumping of Fred’s body in the nearby spinney?
December 04, 2020
Episode 7 - "Let Him Rest..."
A week after the discovery of Fred Jeffs's body, the funeral takes place at Quinton Cemetery. The Inquest does little to provide closure and the Police investigation goes cold, but sixty years on, with memories still vivid, can we separate the facts from the fiction? What have we learned about Fred himself? Are we close to cracking the case and finally bringing the story to an end?
November 27, 2020
Episode 6 - Sex and Clubs and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Against a backdrop of spawning teen culture, speculation emerges about Fred Jeffs’s secret lifestyle, with the possibility of gangland involvement and even an Italian connection. A new witness appears out of the blue, and the scope of the story gets wider.
November 20, 2020
Episode 5 – The Witness Who Cannot Talk
The Police investigation widens across County boundaries, and we pick up on the story of Fred’s faithful dog, ‘Perro’ - the only known witness to the murder - who is discovered on Easter Sunday.
November 13, 2020
Episode 4 – The Mystery Woman
Attention shifts to a young woman seen in Jeffs sweetshop on Maundy Thursday. But who is she? And what has been going on between her and Fred Jeffs? As Police launch a search for the ‘Mystery Woman’, the Press speculate on Fred’s secret life.
November 06, 2020
Episode 3 – A Robbery Gone Wrong
News of the crime spreads quickly through the neighbourhood. Interviewees remember first hearing the news of a murder in their midst. For the Police, there is one obvious motive for the crime… robbery.
October 30, 2020
Episode 2 Bonus Material - “Here’s a shoe!"
A few months after recording Ep.2, Graeme was contacted by the granddaughter of David Jones, one of the Smethwick boys who discovered the body of Fred Jeffs. Here he recalls that fateful Good Friday, 1957.
October 27, 2020
Episode 2 – The Short Good Friday
19th April 1957, and boys playing on Sandwell Valley make a series of grisly discoveries. The Police join the dots …and are alerted to a terrible crime.
October 21, 2020
Episode 1 - Maundy Thursday
18th April 1957. There’s a queue for Easter Eggs at Jeffs Sweetshop, but owner Fred seems distracted. What does he know of the dreadful fate that awaits him? In Ep.1, customers share memories of the shop in Stanley Road.
October 13, 2020
The trailer for Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder.
October 13, 2020