Investigating the Almost Perfect Murders (Paperback)
The Case of Russell Causley and Other Crimes
Anthony Nott joined the Metropolitan Police in 1971, which was a very different world from that of today. He describes his early experiences in the Met, including the arrest of a man for murdering a prostitute in Kings Cross. He was present when a fellow police officer was almost stabbed to death and witnessed an act of police brutality when he interrupted the beating of a petty criminal in a cell by the CID.
He transferred to the county force of Dorset in 1976 where, not long after his promotion to detective sergeant, he engaged in what would be a ten-year long investigation into the disappearance of Monica Taylor and the eventual conviction of her husband, Peter, for what was almost the perfect murder – Monica’s remains were never found. He then recounts a series of murder cases in which he was involved from the murder and decapitation of a woman in Bournemouth and the random killing of another, to the extremely violent killing of a gay man in Boscombe Gardens, Bournemouth, in which it took two years to bring the killers to justice.
While a detective chief inspector in Bournemouth in 1994, the chance visit of a detective sergeant from Guernsey, who was investigating a life insurance fraud, led to the re-opening of a missing person enquiry from eight years earlier, and resulted in the conviction of Russell Causley for murder, despite his wife’s body never being recovered.
This book provides an insight into the methodical and transparent way in which the police investigate complicated crimes from riots to the almost perfect murders.
This is the autobiography of Anthony Nott, a detective who investigated serious crimes, including many murders and a mercy killing.David Pickup, partner at Pickup & Scott Solicitors, Aylesbury
Policing has changed considerably since the 1970s when Nott began his career, in the wake of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act following miscarriages of justice and a loss of trust in the police service.
Each story is compelling and there are good details. One involves a criminal trial concerning events surrounding a football match. After the trial, members of the bar presented the trial judge with a signed match ball.
On another occasion, a tramp was accidentally given the police station keys when he was released. Fortunately, he returned them.
We also learn what police dream about and how the writer met a young Jon Snow. It is interesting how cases were pursued doggedly over many years and how the outcome was often helped by good luck alongside hard work.
Solicitors do not feature much in the book – although the CPS and the bar do. Their roles are respected but do not seem to trouble the police much.
The book gives an insight into the mind of the police officer and the criminal. How do you commit the perfect crime and get away with it? I suppose no one would know about the perfect crime as it would be undiscovered, but many people have tried and nearly got away with it.
4 out of 5 Stars.
True crime told by a detectiveDaily Echo, 6th March 2020
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Investigation the Almost Perfect Murder by Anthony Nott is an interesting and well written book.NetGalley, S Ballinger
The author recounts some of the crimes in which he was involved during his time in the Police force. The cases rage from riots to cases known as perfect murders. It made for a fascinating read and I enjoyed reading about the steps it takes and the hard work that goes into solving them.
An insiders look at how the police go about investigating their cases from riots to cases known as perfect murders. I was fascinated reading about the cases and the steps taken the hard work that goes into solving them.NetGalley, Abby Siverman
Investigation the Almost Perfect Murder by Anthony Nott is an interesting and well written book.NetGalley, Hazel Thomson
I enjoy reading True Crime and to hear about how things were in the 70s,80s and 90s when I was younger was really intersting and somewhat eye opening as to the way times have changed so much recently.
Nott recounts some of the crimes in which he was involved with in a clear and consise way.
This is a group of interesting British crime stories recounting Anthony Nott’s time fighting crime with the Metropolitan Police back in the 1970s. I enjoy reading British crime and Australian when I get the chance, and this book was a Wish that was granted on NetGalley, so I was happy to get it. If you like this kind of true crime, you should check it out as well as the writing is good and the stories kept my interest. It covers a violent episode at a football game at Bournemouth against Leeds United in a very important game for both. Things got very out of hand even before the game started and kept on the day after. The case he calls The Almost Perfect Murders is there also, and the very strange story of Russell Causley whose wife disappeared, supposedly reappeared, then wasn’t seen again. He then took on the last name of his girlfriend, oddly enough. Plenty to attract the true crime reader here.NetGalley, Valerie Shampine
A really interesting, informative, gives you the reader an insight into the work the police do.NetGalley, Cennin Thomas
Well written, full of detail, it holds your interest.
Investigating the Almost Perfect Murders tells the story of old school copper Anthony Nott's time in the police force.. I read a lot of true crime but unlike many I'm as interested in the stories of policemen as well as the criminal element. Nott served most of his career in Dorset , which while not a hotbed of crime has it's fair share of ne'er do wells and some of Nott's more interesting cases are featured here. There's quite a lot of procedural detail which could have been boring but Nott includes this to show us that there's a massive amount of organisation and a whole lot more complexity than most would realise in a major criminal investigation..NetGalley, Dave Blendell
As someone a similar age to Mr Nott I was fully aware of the myriad of failings of the police in days gone by before scandal and public outrage made the clean up their act and I admire his honesty, I came close to a custodial sentence on a complete pack of lies and a cousin nearly ended up in a wheelchair after a severe beating by the Met seemingly for having the audacity to be young and in the wrong place.
That aside, the book is an easy and informative read that shows the good and the bad of life as a policeman....and the general public when often those people look down on show themselves stronger than their detractors and bravely stand up in court when "better" people are scared or don't care.
Big thanks to Anthony Nott, Pen and Sword True Crime and Netgalley for the advance copy in return for an honest review.
This book is a series of vignettes by a retired police officer. They are, in turns, exciting, melancholy, horrific, gripping and always containing a good mix of legal detail, police procedure and bonhomie between the author and his colleagues.NetGalley, Brian Hamilton
The book is not a particularly long read nor does it read like an extended vanity piece, the writing gets to the point, the story is told and it gets out. The misty-eyed reminisces are kept to a minimum.
Overall a decent read with very intriguing cases covered.
Anthony Nott joined the Metropolitan Police in 1971. He witnessed some horrific crimes and describes his early experiences as an officer of the law. We learn of his journey through the ranks and other police stations he worked from.NetGalley, Louise Wilson
I like books that revolve around true crimes and this book did not disappoint. I recognised some of the crimes he talked about. The book is well written and I hope we learn more from the author in future.
This book provides an insight into the methodical and transparent way in which the police investigate complicated crimes from riots to the almost perfect murders.NetGalley, Julianne Freer
This was interesting and being British true crimes, it made a pleasant change from most of the American ones.
I enjoyed the way the book was written and set out, and will read more by this author.