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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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Episode 2 Bonus Material - “Here’s a shoe!"

Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder

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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.
22:31
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.
16:36
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.
23:04
November 6, 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.
16:40
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.
01:52
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.
21:07
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.
16:38
October 13, 2020
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The trailer for Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder.
01:49
October 13, 2020