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People want to see Middleton case resolved, says author

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New book: Author Dr Carol Shuman who has written a new book about the Rebecca Middleton murder.

The author of a new book on the Rebecca Middleton murder said attitudes she encountered during her extensive research suggest people would still like to see the botched case resolved.The book, ‘Kill Me Once…Kill Me Twice: Murder on the Queen’s Playground’ was written by Carol Shuman based on information from at least 180 people.Her sources included senior police, justice and Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials, plus local residents affected by the case.It details the way the investigation was handled after the 17-year-old was raped, repeatedly stabbed and left for dead at Ferry Reach in 1996.The murder has been the focus of lengthy judicial proceedings, including appeals to the British Privy Council, but no one has ever been convicted.The book contains transcripts of court and commission hearings that have never been detailed publicly before.It also analyses what, in Dr Shuman’s view, are racist and sexist aspects to the decision not to charge either of the two suspects with rape.Dr Shuman, along with justice campaigner Rick Meens, is now in the process of appealing to the European Court of Human Rights.They are hopeful it will review the case during 2011.“It seemed to me that the general attitude in Bermuda is they would like to see it corrected,” she said of her experience during the research process.“I didn’t see this as me going around trying to find out what went wrong. It was evident to everyone what went wrong. It was not about identifying the problem but identifying the solution.”And she explained: “I think there are two messages here. The human rights issue which is, in my opinion, being brushed under the carpet by the judicial decisions, although they may not be by the European Court.”The second, said Dr Shuman, is the Governor’s constitutional responsibility for internal and external security.“I feel Government House didn’t do enough,” she said.The book can be purchased via www.authorhouse.com and www.rebeccamiddleton.org in black and white and colour versions.Proceeds from the sale of the colour edition go to the International Safe Travels Foundation, founded by Beth Holloway, mother of Natalee Holloway, who disappeared in Aruba in 2005.The foundation works to keep teenagers safe overseas and at home.

Rebecca Middleton - the 17-year-old was raped, stabbed and left for dead at Ferry Reach in 1996.