THE HAPPY VALLEY MURDER, 1941

SCANDAL IN SHANGRI-LA

While most Britons were suffering the perils and privations of World War II, far away in Africa, a few wealthy aristocrats were living the high life. Until murder shattered their exotic idyll…

The murder of Josslyn Hay, 22nd Earl of Erroll, Baron of Kilmarnock and High Constable of Scotland, scandalized wartime Britain by exposing the decadent habits of a group of wealthy expatriates in colonial Kenya. Speculation was also rife as to the murderer’s possible motive. Was it a crime of passion prompted by Hay’s notorious womanizing, or could his death have been a political assassination provoked by his fascist connections?

Hay was part of a small group of privileged white Britons sitting out the ...

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