Saturday, 29th April ,
at the Fountain Fine Art Gallery
We proudly present a late addition to the programme, an event of particular local interest: “Murder at the Star”, a book which examines an unresolved murder in Garnant, a Welsh mining village near Ammanford, Carmarthenshire.
Steve Adams, local journalist and Seren author, will be talking murder, coal and missing fingers.
He’ll give a short talk, read from the book and then take questions.
The murder of God-fearing, bible-quoting, partially deaf Thomas Thomas at the branch of Star Stores he managed in Garnant, South Wales has remained an unsolved mystery since it happened in 1921. His body was found on the morning of Sunday February 13th, his head smashed, his throat cut and with a stab wound to the stomach, any of which could have killed him. Over £126 was missing from the store safe, yet there were oddities about the attack which suggested this was more than a robbery that went tragically wrong: Thomas had been gagged with cheese, and there was no tear in his trousers, shirt and waistcoat above the stab wound. What circumstances could explain these things?
Garnant was in shock, and Scotland Yard arrived in the form of DI George Nicholls. A number of suspects were identified but none seemed to have the telling combination of motive and opportunity. Despite the expertise of Nicholls the case was eventually abandoned and the killer’s secret died with him.
Until now. In classic cold case fashion journalist Steve Adams’s extensive researches have finally identified the killer, who is revealed at the end of the book, after a thorough reconstruction of the murder and the subsequent investigation.
This is the story of a terrible crime in an almost archetypal Welsh mining town. It was a crime symbolic of a turning point in early twentieth century Wales, as the coal industry declined and its recently assembled townships came to terms with their uncertain futures and sought new identities.
Rydym yn falch i gyflwyno ychwanegiad hwyr i’r rhaglen, digwyddiad o ddiddordeb arbennig i’r gymuned sef “Murder at the Star”, llyfr sy’n archwilio llofruddiaeth yn Garnant, pentref glofaol ger Rhydaman, na chafodd ei datrys. Bydd Steve Adams, newyddiadurwr ac awdur lleol, yn trafod llofruddiaeth, glo a bysedd coll. Yn dilyn araith fer a darlleniadau o’r llyfr bydd yn barod i dderbyn cwestiynau.
Mae llofruddiaeth Thomas Thomas, dyn rhannol fyddar a chrefyddol iawn, yn siop y Seren yn Garnant wedi bod yn ddirgelwch ers 1921. Daethpwyd o hyd i’w gorff ar fore Sul Chwefror 13eg, ei ben wedi’i falu, ei wddf wedi’i dorri a chyda chlwyf i’w stumog; gallai’r un o’r rhain fod wedi ei ladd. Roedd mwy na £126 ar goll o’r coffor diogel yn y siop, eto roedd yna awgrym nad lladrad aeth o’i le yn unig oedd hwn: Roedd caws wedi’i stwffio i geg Thomas ac roedd ei drowsus, ei grys a’i wasgod wedi eu hail-drefnu cyn ac ar ôl iddo gael ei drywanu. Sut gellir egluro’r pethau yma?