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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.
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