Around 2006 I was doing the research for my first book, Henry’s Trials. Gradually, I uncovered more and more material; I recall the Eureka moment when I found an unexpurgated copy of the transcript of the prosecution case and the full version of Thomas Plummer’s letter to the Bishop of Winchester in the British Library.
As I narrated Henry's woes, finding more and more evidence of the extreme injustice done to him, it seemed to me that the World would want to know about Henry John Hatch, the six months he spent in Newgate Prison, and the outrageous, drunken behaviour of Caroline Plummer during the trial of her twelve-year-old daughter.
To date, I have sold, perhaps 300 books. I know that a few of them have been read, and I have received some good feedback. But I am determined that Henry’s story should be brought before a larger audience. I have come back to writing a TV script on the case because I am convinced that it would make brilliant TV drama. Also, regular readers of this blog may have noticed that the footer of each page on this website now carries the legend: “Henry John Hatch was innocent, OK!”
It is time to inform the world about Henry.
Update 10 December - I have removed the slogan for the moment, preferring to concentrate on publicity for my latest book on the Red Barn murder. But Henry John Hatch was innocent, and I will restart that campaign in due course.
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