The Man They Could Not Hang (book)

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The Man They Could Not Hang is a 2005 non-fiction book about the life story of John 'Babbacombe' Lee, the butler who was convicted of the murder of Emma Keyse, his elderly employer. The title refers to the legendary fact that the attempts to execute John Lee by hanging had failed three times.[1][2]

The book was researched and written by Mike Holgate and Ian David Waugh, who managed to update some of the mysteries surrounding the 1884 murder, most notably John Lee's apparent disappearance after his release.


  1. ^ Harris Dee (December 7, 2007). "Murder and Crime Devon by Mike Holgate". Somerset County Gazette. Retrieved December 25, 2010.
  2. ^ Smith Vergnault (March 4, 2009). "Something spooky in Mike's new book". Herald Express. Retrieved December 25, 2010.