Guilty Secret

Helen Rusher in Pick Me Up!, February 3, 2011 Pick Me Up! - February 3, 2011
By Helen Rusher, 24

• A fiancé with something to hide • Murder mystery • A landmark trial

I rushed into the house grinning from ear to ear. “I’ve got a new boyfriend!” I smiled to Mum before I’d even taken off my coat.

• A fiancé with something to hide • Murder mystery • A landmark trialoverlay
Helen Rusher in Pick Me Up!, February 3, 2011

“Who’s the lucky boy?” she laughed. “Mark Weston, the barman at work,” I beamed. A look of sheer horror flashed across Mum’s face. “Oh God, Helen, not him!” she gasped. I stared at her in shock. What on earth was wrong? Fair enough, 26-year-old Mark was 11 years older than me, but he was lovely. I’d first met him two months earlier, when I’d left school and got a job waitressing at the Carpenter’s Arms pub. Mild-mannered and gentle, he was forever buying me burgers and chips, giving me boxes of chocolates and credit for my mobile phone. Then, a few nights ago, he’d suddenly leant across and kissed me and I was on top of the world. Or I had been until now…

“There’s something you should know about him,” my dad began hesitantly. “Mark was accused of murdering a local woman called Vikki Thompson six years ago. She was bludgeoned to death with a rock while out walking her dog in Ascott-under-Wychwood. He was found not guilty, but a lot of people think he did it.”…

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