Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder
By Graeme Rose
Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop MurderOct 13, 2020
The Adrian Goldberg Interview
Graeme Rose, creator of the Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder Podcast, is interviewed by renowned broadcaster Adrian Goldberg.
The interview, produced by Black Country Touring, was originally conducted 8th April 2021.
[This edit features music by Fox and Rocha]
Episode 6 Bonus Material – The Search Book
Weeks after the brutal murder of Fred Jeffs, the arrival of a new witness casts fresh light on the events of Maundy Thursday. But who is 'Jan Achcenit'? Closer investigation raises fascinating questions about the man himself.
[Original music by Fox and Rocha; sound edit by Graeme Rose]
Episode 6 Bonus Material – Ice Cream Turf Wars
The Italian Connection: Could Fred Jeffs have upset a 'Don' of the gelato world by confecting his business on a rival's Langley turf?
[Original music by Fox and Rocha. Sound edit by Graeme Rose]
Episode 2 Bonus Material – “Jeffs Wood”
In the early hours of Good Friday, Alan Garstang is out hunting on Wasson, with his uncle. How close do they get to witnessing the dumping of Fred’s body in the nearby spinney?
Episode 7 - "Let Him Rest..."
A week after the discovery of Fred Jeffs's body, the funeral takes place at Quinton Cemetery. The Inquest does little to provide closure and the Police investigation goes cold, but sixty years on, with memories still vivid, can we separate the facts from the fiction? What have we learned about Fred himself? Are we close to cracking the case and finally bringing the story to an end?
Episode 6 - Sex and Clubs and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Against a backdrop of spawning teen culture, speculation emerges about Fred Jeffs’s secret lifestyle, with the possibility of gangland involvement and even an Italian connection. A new witness appears out of the blue, and the scope of the story gets wider.
Episode 5 – The Witness Who Cannot Talk
The Police investigation widens across County boundaries, and we pick up on the story of Fred’s faithful dog, ‘Perro’ - the only known witness to the murder - who is discovered on Easter Sunday.
Episode 4 – The Mystery Woman
Attention shifts to a young woman seen in Jeffs sweetshop on Maundy Thursday. But who is she? And what has been going on between her and Fred Jeffs? As Police launch a search for the ‘Mystery Woman’, the Press speculate on Fred’s secret life.
Episode 3 – A Robbery Gone Wrong
News of the crime spreads quickly through the neighbourhood. Interviewees remember first hearing the news of a murder in their midst. For the Police, there is one obvious motive for the crime… robbery.
Episode 2 Bonus Material - “Here’s a shoe!"
A few months after recording Ep.2, Graeme was contacted by the granddaughter of David Jones, one of the Smethwick boys who discovered the body of Fred Jeffs. Here he recalls that fateful Good Friday, 1957.
Episode 2 – The Short Good Friday
19th April 1957, and boys playing on Sandwell Valley make a series of grisly discoveries. The Police join the dots …and are alerted to a terrible crime.
Episode 1 - Maundy Thursday
18th April 1957. There’s a queue for Easter Eggs at Jeffs Sweetshop, but owner Fred seems distracted. What does he know of the dreadful fate that awaits him? In Ep.1, customers share memories of the shop in Stanley Road.
The trailer for Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder.