IN 2012 THE MUSIC JOURNALIST ROB WALLET DECIDED TO INVESTIGATE THE 1977 MURDERS OF THE FOUR BAND MEMBERS. WHAT HE DISCOVERED CHANGED HIS LIFE AND LED TO TOTEN HERZEN’S COMEBACK. THE FOLLOWING TWO ACCOUNTS FOLLOW WALLET’S STORY FROM THE UK TO OBERGRAU IN SOUTHERN GERMANY WHERE HE FOUND THE BAND ALIVE.
Wallet’s essay in which he looks at the three theories in circulation following the events of March 21st 1977. He interviews Lance Beauly, the band’s original photographer; Barry Bush, the first police officer to arrive at the scene of the murders in north London; Izzy Starling the band’s publicist; and Jonathan Knight, author of the gothic horror The Dead Heart Weeps.
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“Big stake of wood in her. And blood? God, you never saw so much in all your life. I didn’t think the human body had so much blood in it.” (PC Barry Bush, right.)
WHO IS OUT THERE?
Following on from his essay, Wallet undertook a major investigation that led him to London, Washington and finally Germany. Between January and March of 2013 Wallet discovered conflicting stories about the killings, saw at first hand the fabled $75 000 record sleeve and met the man who murdered Toten Herzen.
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“I don’t know about going through the heart he must have gone through the bottom of the coffin as well, he hit that stake with so much force.” (Eric Mortimer from Norwich.)