Case 11: Harvey and Jeannette Crewe (EPILOGUE)

PUKEKAWA. WAIKATO. On the 2nd of March 1971, Arthur Allan Thomas, having been found guilty of double murder, was driven from the Auckland District Court, 30km north, over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Exiting at Albany, the police van eventually got onto Paremoremo Road.

The ‘paddy wagon’ drove another 5km before taking a left, soon after the van pulled over. When Arthur exited the vehicle he was greeted by, what would be his home for the foreseeable future, Paremoremo Maximum Security Prison.

The song that ends the podcast today is courtsey of Folksong NZ: Mist on the Waitako

Visit www.truecrimenz.com for additional information on this case. Including a transcript of this episode, with supporting pictures, sources, and credits.

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Written and edited by Sirius Rust

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The podcast version is the intended way to consume this story but I make a transcript available for those that would rather read instead. This can be found below.

INTRODUCTION

Paremoremo is a mostly rural locality about 8km southwest of Albany on the northern fringe of Auckland, New Zealand; currently home to approx. 3,000 NZers. In the early 19th century, Paremoremo was a place known for its plenteous farms and orchards. 

In 1968, New Zealand’s only maximum security prison was opened in the area, Paremoremo Prison – soon the prison became known to those who frequented it as ‘Pare’. Pare was hailed as the most technologically advanced prison on Earth in 1968, it’s sleek, modern design was devised to contrast Mt Eden Prison’s ‘gothic, Victorian’ inspired design. 

Pare could hold up to 650 prisoners; built with humane living conditions and rehabilitation in mind. Pare was designed to provide maximum freedom for the inmates, even allowing prisoners pets and plants. 

Even with these ‘luxuries’, Pare became known as a harsh place, in particular D Block. This area of the prison housed NZ’s most disturbed individuals, each prisoner in the block had three prison warders assigned to them, and the prisoner’s freedoms were tightly controlled

Even with these precautions in place, violence was a relatively common occurrence in Pare. Many stabbings of other prisoners occurred, prison staff were also attacked over the years.

On the 2nd of March 1971, Arthur Allan Thomas, having been found guilty of double murder, was driven from the Auckland District Court, 30km north, over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Exiting at Albany, the police van eventually got onto Paremoremo Road.

The ‘paddy wagon’ drove another 5km before taking a left, soon after the van pulled over. When Arthur exited the vehicle he was greeted by, what would be his home for the foreseeable future, Paremoremo Maximum Security Prison.

PART III: EPILOGUE

APPEAL

Time in New Zealand went on.

Post 1971, Arthur’s wife Viven Thomas continued to petition to anyone who would listen, Arthur was innocent – he was home with her and his cousin Peter Thomas that night, “You don’t just leave an innocent man to rot in prison. What frightens me most, is that the murderer is still free and the person who committed this crime is being protected by others.”

Arthur’s legal team continued to push for a retrial to the Court of Appeal. On the 18th of June, the Crewe’s 5th wedding anniversary, the Court of Appeal reached the verdict that they were satisfied that evidence proved the fatal .22 bullets were shot from Arthur’s gun, until Arthur’s defence could prove that bullets did not come from said gun; they would not be pursuing a retrial. 

The 44 page report wrote, when a ballistics expert was asked his opinion on the .22 ‘garden cartridge’, “He gave a confident opinion that the cartridge could have been fired only by the appellant’s rifle. His opinion was based on a microscopic examination of the cartridge.”

In 1971, Pat Vesey founded the Arthur Thomas Retrial Committee. Pat was the man who introduced Arthur to his niece Viven in Wellsford, all those years ago. That year Viven Thomas, a part of that committee said to a local newspaper, “I feel that this is the gradual realisation growing from facts being exposed now… things such as the incredible irregularities in the trial itself, and the inevitable exposure of evidence apparently not followed up. I think that we probably got some unwitting assistance from the Crewe murder magazine published by Wilson and Horton. Anyone studying the story and pictures in that closely must see the incredibly flimsy evidence with which my husband lost his freedom. This magazine has turned the people of NZ into a jury.”

The Retrial Committee also circulated petitions asking Prime Minister Keith Holyoake for a retrial of Arthur Allan Thomas. The petition ended up getting 22,500 signatures nationwide, including 150 from Arthur’s fellow prisoners in Paremoremo.

Around Christmas 1971, the petition was given to the Governor General Arthur Porritt, Porritt ordered Supreme Court judge, George McGregor to review the case. A couple of months later on the 17th of February 1972, McGregor returned a verdict, “In my opinion, there has been no miscarrage of justice.”

In June of 1972, on request of the Arthur Thomas Retrial Committee, the NZ government sent the shell case found in the Crewe garden – along with Arthur’s gun; to conclusively determine whether the cartridge was fired from Arthur’s .22 rifle. 

Bullet tests in England could not prove or disprove Arthur’s .22 was involved. They did find something curious, British scientists were “amazed to learn that the cartridge case had been found in the garden more than four months after the killings. The shell apparently was not as badly corroded as might have been expected after such a period.”

In August of 1972, the Court of Appeal was asked to examine the Thomas case once more and consider this new evidence.

During this time, the stress had gotten to Viven. She had been popping Valium to deal with the stress, it developed into a benzodiazepine habit. Viven confessed to the Sunday News in November 1972, “I was living on pills and smoking like a chimney”. She had returned to England a few months before to kick the habit and get some time away to clear her head. 

In January 1973, the Sunday News reported that Len Demler had married his girlfriend, Norma and was moving out of Pukekawa, “On the doorstep of his neat, green and white painted home he said his decision had nothing to do with the Crewe murders or any of the rumours in the district. ‘Me knee’s crook and I’ve had enough. And that’s all there is to it”.

In February of 1973, after considering all the new evidence, the Court of Appeal ordered a new trial for Arthur Allan Thomas. By that point, Arthur had been in prison for almost two years. 

The NZ Herald wrote on the 27th of February 1973, “The judges said, after hearing the new evidence, they were not satisfied that, if that evidence had been before the Supreme Court, a jury could have come to no verdict other than guilty.”

THE RETRIAL OF ARTHUR THOMAS

The retrial of Arthur Allan Thomas commenced on the 26th of March 1973. The major focus of Arthur’s defence was proving that the cartridge case found in the Crewe garden did not come from Arthur’s .22 rifle.

The bullet used to kill the Crewes was a ‘number eight’ bullet, a bullet manufactured by munitions company ICI. The ‘number eight’ bullets were last manufactured in 1962. This meant that the killer had hoarded these bullets for at least eight years before using them to murder the Crewes.

Dr Jim Sprott, a scientist on behalf of the defense testified that when he examined the ‘number eight’ bullet and the cartridge alleged to be shot from Arthur’s rifle, he saw the ‘ICI logo’ embossed on the bottom on the bullets was slightly different, the ‘C’ was slightly smaller on the older ‘number eight’ bullets.

Dr. Sprott petitioned the public to send in any ‘number eight’ bullets so he could confirm this theory. In the end, 22,000 bullets were sent in. What the Dr. discovered was: yes the logo on all ‘number eight’ bullets had the same smaller ‘C’, this meant – the cartridge case found in the garden could not have come from either bullet that murdered Jeannette and Harvey. 

ICI Australia backed this up, confirming that the ‘garden cartridge’ could not have contained either bullet that killed the Crewes. 

To combat this evidence, ICI NZ testified on behalf of the Crown that, “[there was] no reason whatsoever why the garden shell should not have contained the bullet of Harvey or Jeannette”.

After twenty days of the retrial, the jury returned a verdict. Guilty to both counts of murder – Arthur Allan Thomas was resentenced to life imprisonment. The NZ Herald wrote of the chaos that ensued in the immediate aftermath, “Screams, tears and angry protests threw the Supreme Court at Auckland into an uproar late yesterday… Pandemonium continued, with fists being waved from the public galleries to the jury”.

As the jury stood to leave, Viven Thomas yelled, “What sort of people are you?!” He’s innocent – you’re murdering him!”. 

Arthur went back to Pare. The Court of Appeal rejected Arthur’s case once more five weeks later. Arthur was running out of options in regards to a legal route; in reality he had one: do the time.

Fig 1. Arthur in Prison

In 1975, Viven Thomas divorced Arthur. She had been having an affair since 1974, Viven told journalist Chris Birt in 2010, “That second Trial jury ended our marriage. I had always thought, in my own head, that if Arthur had been freed, we would have picked things up. At that time, it was still retrievable, for me anyway. I had not talked to Arthur about that. But when he was convicted again, I knew it wasn’t retrievable and that was the end of my marriage. I had made that decision inside me, but I didn’t do anything about it for another two years”. 

Arthur heard about the news of his divorce on Radio Hauraki. Arthur took the news pretty bad, he told author Ian Wishart in 2010, “It was back in 1975, yeah and I still wasn’t too happy. I wasn’t happy about that. Okay, I had nothing else, you know, just my mate- (PAUSE)… I was buried as an inmate, I was a prisoner and I need something when I get out, you know, just beside me, you know?… Yeah, I don’t want to talk so much about tears and things but by crikey I tell you. I wasn’t a happy man for months in that time. Months I was down in the… oh I don’t know what words to use, just how I was. Everything had let me down. Everythings let me down.” By this point, Arthur had been in prison for four years of his life sentence.

ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION

Covering the Arthur Thomas case for The Auckland Star was journalist Pat Booth. Booth was similarly perplexed that Arthur was found guilty the second time, he had sat everyday listening to the same evidence as the jury – yet he had come to a different conclusion. This lead to Pat investigating the case further, the result was his 1975 book, ‘Trial by Ambush’, for which Booth won the National Investigative Journalism Award.

Trial by Ambush detailed police corruption. Including evidence that Hutton and the Crown precured the ‘jury pool’ months in advance. Then they investigated the potential jurors for ‘pro police’ attributes and selected them based on that criteria. 

On top of this, the jury was sequestered in a hotel, the Station Hotel – a local haunt for police. In May 1973, Rolling Stones journalist Terry Bell wrote, “When the jury confinement move was made, defence counsel Kevin Ryan protested impotently. He had good reason not to want the jury confined – especially at the Station Hotel. For the Station Hotel, with its cosy sixth floor house bar, is a regular haunt of the local constabulary. Police wanting to create the best possible conviction atmosphere could not have chosen better than the Station Hotel… in court the jury looked bored, tired and impassive. Kevin Ryan was worried when they retired to consider the verdict. He whispered to his brother Gerald, ‘The jury could be hung’. They weren’t. Only hung-over.”

Allegations of police corruption went all the way back to the first trial in 1971, when Arthur’s defensive pondered the idea that the cartridge and stub axles were planted to frame Arthur. These allegations would only intensify, in July of 1973, under the order of Detective Inspector Bruce Hutton, 135 exhibits of evidence pertaining to the Arthur Allan Thomas case were disposed of at the Whitford Landfill; including the infamous ‘garden cartridge’.

When the Minister of Justice found out about this; he demanded the police go retrieve the exhibits but their efforts were fruitless. The evidence was gone.

PUBLIC SCRUTINY 

Fig 2. Boyond Reasonable Doubt DVD

By this time, the story of small town farmers being murdered, with the killer returning to feed their 18 month old had gone international. The ‘whodunit?’ nature of the case attracted British investigative journalist David Yallop, the result of his investigation was 1978’s ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’, and two years later they made a movie based on Yallop’s book.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt alleged police corruption once more, building on the work already laid down in Booth’s 1975 book. Something both books agreed on, Arthur Allan Thomas did not commit this crime, Jeannette’s father, Len Demler did – well sort of.

The Pat Booth theory goes as follows: Harvey and Jeannette were having a domestic dispute. Harvey attacked Jeanette with a blunt object – this accounts for her blunt trauma wounds. After this Jeannette grabbed an unidentified .22 and shot Harvey in the head. She then called her father, Len Demler who helped her remove the corpse and dispose of it in the Waikato River

In the aftermath, Jeannette realised she could not live with her actions and commited suicide, also with the same rifle. Len Demler disposed of her body to cover up his part in the first murder. In this theory, the woman seen by Bruce Roddick on the 19th of June, perhaps the person who fed Rochelle, was Norma – Len’s now wife.

The David Yallop theory goes: Len Demler was upset about the financials involved with how Maisie’s will was divided up, in his mind, the Crewe’s were taking over his farm. In this theory, Heather, Jeannette’s sister was the woman seen by Bruce Roddick.

More and more people were agreeing, the person responsible for this crime was not Arthur Allan Thomas. These voices only got louder; so loud, it reached the highest rank in NZ: the Prime Minister. 

Both Pat Booth and David Yallop had written to the Prime Minister’s office in regards to the Thomas conviction. Pat sent a dossier, filled with evidence he had uncovered of police corruption. Both men appealed to the Prime Minister for a royal pardon of Arthur.

Fig 3. Robert Muldoon – Courtesy of Horowhenua Historical Society inc, Levin, New Zealand derivative work (CC BY-SA 3.0).

On the 28th of October 1978, Prime Minister Robert Muldoon ordered Robert Adams-Smith of the Queen’s Council (QC) to conduct an enquiry into all aspects of the Crewe Murder case. A Queen’s Counsel lawyer is appointed by the monarch to be, “Her Majesty’s Counsel learned in the law”. A prestigious title in Commonwealth countries.

On the 16th of January 1979, Adams-Smith QC recommended more enquiries into the case. Then in late December of the same year, Robert Adams-Smith QC returned a verdict to Prime Minister Muldoon, “… I have real doubt whether it can properly be contended that the case against Thomas was proved beyond all reasonable doubt.” By this point, Arthur had been in prison for almost nine years.

RELEASE

The morning of the 17th of December 1979. Arthur Thomas was examining some contraband he had snuck in, a bottle of whiskey; an early Christmas present from his brother, Des. Suddenly, from down the hall, Arthur hears the superintendent’s voice:

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/back-in-the-day-arthur-allan-thomas-pardoned-of-crewe-murders-6207931

The next day, the 18th of December 1979, Arthur Allan Thomas returned to his Pukekawa farm. Greeted by a horde of reporters, they began firing questions at Arthur, “Did you commit the murders?”, Arthur replied, “I am innocent of the Crewe murders.” A voice from the crowd yelled, “Do you swear you are telling the truth?”. 

Arthur answered, “I am a Christian, and I swear my innocence before God… There is no way I did it. My name is clear and I’m innocent of the crime. I came pretty near being mental there during part of my imprisonment. I didn’t know if I’d end up in Lake Alice or in Kingseat [mental hospitals]. I just didn’t know where I’d end up. But I didn’t blame God for the situation. I knew it was caused by man-made greed and corruption. I’ve lost 10 years of my life, my farming career and my marriage – I’m washed out. If I hadn’t been wrongly imprisoned I’d be well off now with a farm, a wife and possibly and family. I feel sad about not having all that. But I’ve just got to start as a new man as from yesterday – pick up what I can and take it from there. It’s a challenge after ten years and I’ve got to meet that challenge, or I’m nothing.”

ROYAL COMMISSION REPORT

Fig 4. Front page of the RCOI Report.

In 1980, the ‘Report of the Royal Commission to Inquire into the Circumstances of the Convictions of Arthur Allan Thomas for the Murders of David Harvey Crewe and Jeanette Lenore Crewe’ was released.

This report found allegations of police corruption were valid. The report writes the most likely scenario was the ‘garden cartridge’ was planted by detectives, “Mr Hutton and Mr Johnston planted the shellcase, exhibit 350 in the Crewe garden, and that they did so to manufacture evidence that Mr Thomas’s rifle had been used for the killings”.

The report was not kind of Hutton’s decision to dispose of crucial evidence either, specifically ‘exhibit 350’, the much debated ‘garden cartridge’, “We find the disposal of these exhibits and the reasons for it has an added significance. It strongly supports the case against Hutton of planting 350 to procure the conviction of Thomas.”

The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCOI) also found that reports of ‘jury tampering’ had some truth, “In our view, the thoroughness of the checking of the jury by the Police was excessive, improper and calculated to prejudice the fairness of the subsequent trial.”

The RCOI wrote nearing its conclusion, “It is clear that at the outset, Mr Thomas put his trust in the Police. That trust must have been shaken when the Police arrested him. Even then, he may have seen the arrest as an honest mistake. Such trust as remained must have been shattered when exhibit 350 was produced as an exhibit. Mr Thomas must have known from the first that it had been planted by the Police. He must then have realised that the Police were determined to convict him. It is undoubtedly a deep form of mental anguish to listen to false evidence being given against oneself… Money cannot right the wrongs done to Mr Thomas or remove the stain he will carry for the rest of his life. The high-handed and oppressive actions of those responsible for his convictions cannot be obliterated. Nevertheless, all these elements are to be reflected in our assessment, as also are his suffering, loss of enjoyment and amenities of life, and his pecuniary loss. We recommend that the following sums be paid to Arthur Allan Thomas as compensation: $950,000.00”.

For Arthur, this compensation roughly broke down to about $8,500 for each month he was in prison; roughly equivalent to $42,000 a month in 2019 dollars.

In the aftermath of the Royal Commission Report, Arthur visited Sir Robert Muldoon at his Auckland home, Arthur wanted to thank the Prime Minister for looking into his case.

Arthur explains interaction to Ian Wishart, “I drove there and knocked on the door, it was Sir Rob – short fella eh, shook my hand and everything, ‘Come inside, Arthur’, – I come into his private house and he was sitting like this and everything…”

This encounter had further revelations for Arthur. Sir Robert Muldoon went on to explain who originally introduced the possibility of Arthur’s innocence to him, “Well Arthur, I thought you were guilty. Then I had a visit from your ex wife. And she told me exactly where you were when the murders happened. I looked her in the eye and I changed my mind”.

JENNY CRESSWELL

A 21 year old Jenny Cresswell was watching all of this unfold on the, still in its infancy, television. She watched as the now 41 year old, Arthur Thomas was released from prison.

Moved by his story she wrote Arthur a letter, accompanied by a flower for every month he was in prison – 112 red roses. The gesture moved Arthur and he wrote back. The twosome began corresponding back and forth, soon romance blossomed and Jenny Cresswell became Jenny Thomas.

Arthur bought a farm with his compensation money and moved to that farm with his new wife. In 1982, Arthur and Jenny had their only child, Bridgette; Arthur spoke of the moment of meeting his daughter for the first time to author Ian Wishart, “Absolutely, it made me very proud, this little girl in my arms, after all the crap I’d been through and here’s this little wee baby in my arms. It’s a great feeling, yessiree”.

Overtime, all the attention around Arthur Allan Thomas moved on. After this the small town farmer retired mostly from public life; presumably wanting to live a life less eventful than the previous ten. 

AFTERMATH

In 2010, Rochelle Crewe, now 41, asked the NZ government to look into the Crewe case once more. She specifically questioned what action had been taken by Police after Arthur had been pardoned and why Bruce Hutton and Len Johnston had not been prosecuted when the RCOI had found that they had corruptly fabricated evidence. A four year investigation followed.

In 2013, Bruce Hutton passed away at 83 years old. To the day Bruce passed away, he denied he ever planted any evidence. When asked by Detective Inspector Andrew Lovelock, who led the review into the Crewe murders, if he had any regrets in the investigation; Hutton reponsed, “No, I’ve got my man.” 

During the funeral, police Deputy Commissioner Mike Bush was asked by the Hutton family to make statement. During his eulogy, Bush included the line, “his integrity is beyond reproach.” This statement was seen as a ‘defense’ of Hutton’s actions.

The words of Mike Bush led to Arthur Allan Thomas making a rare public appearance on the 10th of April 2013, at the Pukekawa Community Hall:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/national/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503075&gal_cid=1503075&gallery_id=132107

ROCHELLE CREWE

Rochelle Crewe has kept much secrecy around her life. Rochelle has changed her name to maintain that secrecy; hence – details are extremely scarce. We do know that she was brought up by her aunt Heather, she attended the prestigious St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland, the same secondary school her mother Jeannette attended. She had spent some time in the United States as well.

In 2010, it was known that Rochelle had a daughter of her own and she was living somewhere in the South Island.

The ‘Crewe Homicide Investigation Review’ was released in 2014, totalling 328 pages. Concluding much the same as the 1980 Royal Commission report. 

The report wrote in regards to planting evidence, “Notwithstanding the RCOI findings with regard to the actions of Detective Inspector HUTTON and Detective JOHNSTON, there is insufficient evidence to support a prosecution against any individual for a crime associated with corruption.”

The review really stirred up the hornet’s nest in regards to the firearms involved, the report concluded, “Reliant on expert ballistic evidence, it is highly probable that Police Exhibit 317, the THOMAS rifle, fired the fatal shots that killed Harvey and Jeannette.”

The review also said that it is most likely no ‘mystery woman’ existed, and Rochelle was not fed or looked after at all for five days.

Deputy Police Commissioner Grant Nicholls, who you may remember as D.S.S Nicholls if you listened to our investigation into the case of Brent Garner, said at the release of the report, the review’s goal was to give Rochelle as many answers as possible.

Nicholls continued, admitting the police could have done more, “The report shows some aspects of the original investigation were done well, but there were shortfalls that led to missed investigative opportunities which have left her with the enduring uncertainty over the deaths of her parents, I have apologised to her for that and for the anguish caused to her and her family over the years.”

Nicholls admitted the most disappointing aspect of the review was, “we still do not have an answer to certain key questions, particularly who killed the Crewes”.

Rochelle expressed disappointment that there were shortfalls on behalf of the police but acknowledged gratitude that the police admitted that. She also expressed some closure knowing her grandparents, “were not involved in any way”.

CONCLUSION

Almost 50 years after the horrific crime in the small district in the Waikato, the double homicide of David Harvey Crewe and Jeannette Leonore Crewe remains unsolved. 

Many have been accused over the last 49 years, and one of those people spent 9 of those years falsely incarcerated for the crime. 

The fallout of the alleged police corruption had a lasting effect on the people of Pukekawa and greater NZ. A distrust of the police, as a friend of the Thomas family Brian Murray told the NZ Weekly News in August 1971; Murray explained the realisation that the police cheat and cooperating only gave them opportunity to frame you – sadden him the most. Furthermore, Murray explains; from now on he tells his own children, “… the minute a police officer questions you, say nothing and get a lawyer.”

The 2014 review into the Crewe murders really ruffled the feathers of the Thomas family. As of 2019, the Thomas family continues to petition the government for a formal apology. Arthur’s brother, Des Thomas, speaking to Stuff.co.nz in 2019 said, “He’s maintained his innocence for all these years, he’s been proven innocent and he wants closure. How the hell do you get closure if the Crown, the politicians and the police are not going to accept that he was pardoned for the murders… I think an apology would give this man who is 82 years old some peace of mind for the rest of his life”.

POSTSCRIPT

As time goes on, facts get confused, evidence disappears or is destroyed, and memories fade.

One thing is evident, while peace may still remain elusive for those affected by this horrific crime. Even 50 years after the event; there is one feeling will never fade for NZ: hope

This podcast is dedicated to the memories of Harvey and Jeannette Crewe.
As we continue to look for answers, we hope you are resting in peace. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

If you would like to know more about this case, the book mentioned in the podcast ‘Arthur Allan Thomas: The Inside Story’ by Ian Wishart is a vital read. The chapters describing Arthur’s time in prison are particularly fascinating, unfortunately we couldn’t find a way of fitting this time in Arthur’s life into the flow of the episode today but if you are interested, check the book out from your local library or purchase the book to support the author if your financial situation will allow it.

We would also like to thank John Archer from NZ Folksong for allowing us to use his fantastic song to end the podcast, ‘Mist on the Waikato’. We’ve put a link in the show notes if you would like to hear the song again.

Finally, thank you for listening. We have had a really great response from you all last time we reached out to you so thanks for being so supportive and kind. We love you all, truely. 

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Books
David Yallop, Beyond Reasonable Doubt?, 1979
Ian Wishart, Arthur Allan Thomas: The Inside Story, 2010
Chris Birt, The Commissioner’s Men, 2012

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NZ on Screen, Beyond Reasonable Doubt Film (Trailer) – 1980, https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/beyond-reasonable-doubt-1980
NZ Herald, Arthur Allan Thomas: ‘Inquiry was a cover up’, https://www.nzherald.co.nz/national/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503075&gal_cid=1503075&gallery_id=132107
TVNZ, Back in the Day: Arthur Allan Thomas pardoned of Crewe murders, https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/back-in-the-day-arthur-allan-thomas-pardoned-of-crewe-murders-6207931

3 thoughts on “Case 11: Harvey and Jeannette Crewe (EPILOGUE)

  1. Thanks for putting this together, it’s a shame that the truth looks like it will never be found,
    David Owen Crewe (very distant relation from the uk)

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