Case 172

Michael Gregsten & Valerie Storie

In August 1961, Michael Gregsten and Valerie Storie were sitting in their car in Dorney Reach, UK when an intruder forced his way into the backseat brandishing a gun. After driving them around the English countryside for hours, the intruder shot both Michael and Valerie, leaving them on the side of the road at a location known as Deadman’s Hill.

Two suspects were spotlighted for the attack, which was dubbed “The A6 Murder.” James Hanratty was eventually charged and executed, despite claiming his innocence. But then the other suspect, Peter Alphon, publicly confesses to the crime. Was this a miscarriage of justice? Or did Scotland Yard have the right man all along?



Casefile Presents



Research & writing – Jessica Forsayeth

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Music – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska




James Hanratty: The A6 Murder Crime Files

Hanratty Judgement



Tributes pour in for Slough’s brave Valerie Storie – Slough & South Bucks Observer

Man is charged with A6 murder – The Guardian

Court told of A6 car chase – The Guardian

“Calls to Yard” in A6 case – The Guardian

Hanratty family in new appeal against murder conviction – BBC News

Police denial of concealing evidence – The Guardian

Lay by murder gun identified – The Guardian

New search in lay by murder – The Guardian

Lennon film on the A6 murder found – The Observer

Fresh confession revives Hanratty doubts – The Guardian

Appeal court to reveal Hanratty murder case – The Guardian

DNA hampers effort to clear Hanratty – The Guardian



Who Killed Hanratty? – Paul Foot



Murder casebook: James Hanratty – Crime and Investigation Network



R v Hanratty [2002] EWCA Crim 1141

A miscarriage of justice?  Forensic science and the case of James Hanratty – Roger Lewis





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