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Several brutal murders take place over a few days, but in different locations. Full police investigations are made. Some initially, seemingly obvious leads and theories are followed up, but are unsuccessful. Eventually however, there is aMoreSeveral brutal murders take place over a few days, but in different locations. Full police investigations are made. Some initially, seemingly obvious leads and theories are followed up, but are unsuccessful. Eventually however, there is a breakthrough. The cases are solved. They are clear cut instances of murder.There are witnesses and video film of the crime being committed and the murderer who committed them.An arrest is made, the villain declines to answer any questions and refuses legal representation. The police are not bothered, so strong is the evidence.The cases come to trial, not guilty pleas are entered. The prosecution present their case. The offender chooses not to be legally represented but presents her own defenceSurprising revelations are made as the accused addresses the jurors. the Judge is obliged to advise them to put these out of their minds.At the conclusion of the trial, it remains an open and shut case, with little in law or fact for the jury to decide.The jury of twelve women and men, good and true, retire to consider their verdicts.When they return all are amazed that they find the accused not guilty on all counts, the accused is released.Such is the consternation, it is afterwards decided to cause an investigation to be made. Jack the Hat Richards, a retired detective of New Scotland Yard, is recalled from retirement to carry out the review. He is directed to report back to a special conference of the Law Society, headed by the Lord Chancellor.Richards accepts this very unusual case. His remit is to review the evidence, the witnesses and to solve the mystery as why the twelve members of the jury, previously unknown to each other, would unanimously find the accused not guilty in the face of such overwhelming evidence to the contrary.A mystery from beginning to the end.