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By Reason of Doubt

by (author) Ellen Godfrey

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Jan 1984
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1984
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One day in Paris Cyril Belshaw reported that his wife Betty had disappeared without a trace. Soon afterward her mutilated corpse was discovered concealed on a mountainside--and Cyril was charged with her murder.
This is the story of a typical Canadian academic couple--happily married, well-off, well-travelled, their children grown--whose lives go terribly wrong. Soon after the discovery of Betty Belshaw's body, Swiss police began to reconstruct a chain of events--including Cyril Belshaw's marital infidelity--that ultimately led to his incarceration and trial for her killing. After a torturous court case, the verdict rendered was neither guilty nor innocent--Cyril Belshaw was acquitted "by reason of doubt." Doubts as to who killed Betty Belshaw remain, to this day.
By Reason of Doubt is a gripping true-crime saga that reads like a mystery novel.

About the author

ELLEN GODFREY is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a long-time resident of Canada. She is a widely-published author, especially of acclaimed mystery novels, who also works as a computer software executive.

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Editorial Reviews

"Scrupulously factual, but reads like fiction."

Victoria Times Colonist

"Fascinating reading for lovers of mystery."

Calgary Herald

"A darn good yarn."

Vancouver Sun