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Pontypool might become a giant Cluedo site

January 12, 2013

Visitors to this blog will be well acquainted with the murder of Dripping Lewis in Pontypool and will have seen the accompanying photographs. You will also have seen the information about the book “Who Killed Dripping Lewis?” by Monty Dart. I have to thank Monty for alerting me to the following article in the South Wales Argus. Residents of Pontypool might possibly see some of these activities going on.

 

Students to turn Pontypool into giant Cluedo game

by Hayley Mills

PONTYPOOL could be turned into a life-size version of Cluedo with participants trying solve a real murder.

The idea is the brainchild of three photographic art students, Lauren Clithero, Rebekka Gill and Jodi Westmacott, who study at Newport University.

They submitted their idea for review, after 43 students were commissioned by Torfaen County Borough Council to create artwork as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

Miss Clithero, 21, and her two class mates thought about using the murder mystery game, after hearing of the unsolved Pontypool murder of William Alfred Lewis in 1939.

Miss Clithero said: “Author Monty Dart wrote a book last year called Who Killed Dripping Lewis?

“After reading the book and speaking to her, we thought participants in our version of Cluedo could try and work out which one of them killed him.”

In the girls’ game, eight participants would sign up and be given clues that will lead them around the town, where Mr Lewis had been seen before his murder.

Actors would be in place to hand out clue cards and objects found at the murder scene to the players at key locations, and slowly the team would work out which one of them could have been the murderer.

Miss Gill said: “We’re all fascinated by the famous Pontypool story but didn’t want to tell it in a dark, morbid way – instead we want it to be interactive so that the community can get involved.”

Back in 1939, Mr Lewis’s body was discovered by builder Thomas Brimble, who had been carrying out building work for Mr Lewis.

The blood-soaked body, which had received repeated blows to the head, was laying across the bed in his house.

He was a rich bachelor who owned approximately 200 houses in the Pontypool area.

Initial investigations led nowhere and four detectives from Scotland Yard were called in. Despite interviewing hundreds of people the police got nowhere.

The students have pitched their ideas to a panel of judges who will decide which projects to take forward later this month.

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“Who Killed Dripping Lewis?” – the book is now published

November 13, 2012

THE GREAT PONTYPOOL MYSTERY NOW IN BOOK FORM

My post “Murder Most Foul” on this blog has been read by 938 visitors which shows a considerable interest in the mystery of who killed Dripping Lewis, and why he was killed.

Monty Dart’s limited edition book “Who Killed Dripping Lewis?” is now out and on sale. The author is an archivist and researcher who works for HTV, BBC Wales and BBC radio on local subjects. She has written two other books.

William Alfred Lewis, a quiet unassuming bachelor aged 59 was found battered to death in his bed in May 1939. Scotland Yard police were sent to Pontypool, a small Welsh town in Monmouthshire, South Wales to help solve the mystery of Lewis’s murder. Nicknamed “Dripping Lewis” the victim was a wealthy local property owner, regular in his habits, everyone locally knew when he was on his rent rounds.

Was someone watching him, waiting to steal his money? Was it a robbery gone wrong or a dispute between himself and another man? Or was it, as rumour has persisted to this day, a female rival for his affections? This book draws exclusively from the Scotland Yard files and newspaper reports of the time

The well researched book is a 314 page paperback, with illustrations, published by Book Midden Publishing, 58 Sutton Road, Newport, NP19 7JF. They may be contacted on: bookmidden@yahoo.co.uk

The book costs £10 plus postage but check with Book Midden for latest special offers on this and other books at:   williecross@aol.com

It is also on sale at Pontypool Museum.