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30. Single to Hangman's Noose.

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Story Notes

This story is one that I have been mulling over creating ever since I proposed to do this series. I wanted to write and create a story from a character’s point of view (POV). But instead of looking through the eyes of somebody, I decided to use the two static windows in the booking office as the eyes the reader looked through. I had planned to show the reflection of the two booking clerks Mr. Thackery and Reginald against the window, but with a lot of other information to be shown, there just wasn’t the room. Instead, I showed both characters at the beginning of the story, so readers could identify with the characters.

The ‘how was I going to do this story,’ was the big stumbling block. The solution was to ‘build up’ the finished images for each panel of the story. Because of the high level of information to provide the reader with two half panels per page was the preferred option. As the Behind the Scenes image shows (below), I shot the station concourse and glass roof as one separate series of photographs. Moving the figures for each shot and changing the newspaper titles everyday. I then photographed the booking office windows. (The booking office building exists). I had to raise the roof so to make the windows higher, which in turn allowed for more of the concourse to be viewed.

The story is pushed along for each day by the daily newspaper headlines and the subsequent thoughts of Mr. Ira Thackery. (Ira in Latin means anger). Originally I was going to make him the strangler, but I couldn’t find a satisfactorily way of leaving clues for The Guard to follow, which would allow him to capture him. In the end I decided to not bother with the ‘how’ The Guard captured the strangler. Or concentrate on the murderer at all. He’s there merely as a plot device.

Hard work in putting this story together, (I even had a script written out, well part of a one!), but the finished result is very satisfying and hopefully the story makes sense for the reader.

Note – in 1950’s Britain (and in this series), the death penalty by hanging was still in force, hence the title Single to Hangman’s Noose

Behind the scenes

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