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In the novel Hallowe'en Party, Peter Gordon was the prime suspect in the murder of Charlotte Benfield which took place in Quarry Woods some eighteen months before the events in the book.

Peter was unemployed and apparently lazy and never able to hold on to a job. He had been on probation once or twice for minor pilferings but there was no record of violence. He kept company with a group of young criminals but generally managed to stay out of trouble. Some of these friends provided alibis for him. According to Superintendent Spence, these alibis were not worth much but could however not be disproven.

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