The Boy in the River

A shocking true story of ritual murder and sacrifice in the heart of London

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On 21st September 2001 the mutilated torso of a small child was found floating beside London’s Tower Bridge, one tide away from being swept into the North Sea.

Unable to identify the victim, the Murder Squad turned to Richard Hoskins, a young professor of theology with a profound understanding of African tribal religion, whose own past was scarred by a heartbreaking tragedy. Thus began a journey into the tangled undergrowth of one of the most notorious murder cases of recent years; a journey which would reveal not only the identity of the boy they called Adam but the horrific truth that a succession of innocent children have been ritually sacrificed in our capital city.

Insightful and grippingly written, The Boy in the River is an inside account of a series of extraordinary criminal investigations and a compelling personal quest into the dark heart of humanity.

About Richard Hoskins

Richard Hoskins has worked on many of Britain's biggest criminal investigations. He is the only registered multi-cultural expert on the national police database. His expertise has taken him to Europe and beyond. He first travelled to Africa twenty-five years ago, intending to spend a year there, but he stayed for six. His experiences during those years would change his life. On his return to the UK, he eventually went up to Oxford where he took a double First followed quickly by a PhD at King's College London. " " " " It was as a Senior Lecturer in the study of religions at Bath Spa University that he was first approached by officers investigating the 2001 Thames torso case. Since then he has applied his cultural and religious expertise to over a hundred major investigations by police and social services. He is in great demand, and divides his time between Devon and London.

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