This is actually chapter 2 and I’ve written it like a transcription of a police interview. It hasn’t been edited so please bear with any mistakes. Enjoy!
Chapter 2 from ‘A Terrible Beauty’
From the transcription of the Police Interview with Benedict Ashton
Present – Detective Morris Franklin and Sergent Barry Moss, Benedict Ashton and Janet Blake (lawyer)
19th August 2013 at 12 noon
Det. Morris – Mr Ashton you were acting as the guardian for Sharon Benson.
Mr Ashton – Yes.
Det. Morris – How long was she in your care?
Mr Ashton – In the beginning it was on and off but by the time she was eight she was with us full-time.
Det. Morris – Us?
Mr Ashton – Me and my wife, Maria.
Det. Morris – So you were her parents…
Mr Ashton – No! We were never her parents. I looked after the grounds and my wife the house. The child was just part of the estate.
Det. Morris – Like property.
Mr Ashton – No, I mean yes, I mean we were not her legal guardians.
Det. Morris – Yet she had your surname in the local school, the girl’s school.
Papers can be heard rustling.
Det. Morris – St. Non’s School for Girls.
Mr Ashton – Yes, but that was only for convenience.
Det. Morris – So she was known as Sharon Ashton, but she used the name of Ash.