November 12, 2007
Ron Castree Found Guilty of Murdering 11-Year-Old Lesley Molseed in 1975
The jury in the Lesley Molseed murder trial returned a guilty verdict against former comics dealer Ronald Castree early today, ending a 32-year odyssey that devastated the Molseed family, ruined the lives of a man accused and falsely convicted of the crime and the mother that strove so hard to free him, and brought worldwide attention to the use of DNA evidence as a way of overturning undeserved convictions. A flurry of prepared material is being put up on UK web sites, including a profile of the Molseed family
and several negative portrayals
of Castree himself, including descriptions of a crime one year after the Molseed case against a nine-year-old, marital infidelity, and an incident last year for which is DNA was swabbed leading to a connection to the earlier crime.
Castree's exact comics selling career has been an occasional headline supplement
, and this photo of Castree
that was used in promotion of his shop has been used quite a bit. I'm still a bit unclear as to its breadth. There was material early on that indicated he did some back-issues dealing in the Manchester area in the 1980s, but certainly he owned at least one shop, and I think for a time two shops, both called Arcadia, from 1994 until 2005. At what point he stopped having a physical shop and started dealing comics solely through Ebay is unknown, as is the length of time he used a stall to sell books before the physical shop, and where that stall was located.
posted 5:13 am PST
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