The Butler Did it : My True and Terrifying Encounters with a Serial Killer, Paperback

The Butler Did it : My True and Terrifying Encounters with a Serial Killer Paperback

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Roy Fontaine, also known as Archie Hall, was a butler to Britain's aristocracy, and a rumoured lover of Prince Charles' great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten.

He was also a serial killer whose modus operandi was to gain the confidence of his wealthy employers before taking their jewels and then their lives.

The Butler Did It is the dark and strange story of an unusual friendship between screenwriter Paul Pender and Roy Fontaine, who considered Pender an ally and asked him to write his life story.

In a chilling twist, Fontaine then threatened to kill Paul.

In The Butler Did It, Paul Pender reveals the secrets of Roy Fontaine's double life and describes his often terrifying, yet blackly humorous, encounters with a convicted serial killer.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 1 x 8pp colour
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781780575612



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I picked this up "The Butler Did It: My True and Terrifying Encounters with a Serial Killer" on a whim in the library. I don't normally go for true-crime memoir, however the idea of a ruthless bisexual butler to the aristocracy, who doubles as a jewel thief and murderer, was too intriguing to pass by. Although the story of Archie Hall (aka Roy Fontaine) is extraordinary, the combination of Paul Pender's insistence in making the story as much about him as Roy Fontaine, and Fontaine's deeply unpleasant personality, conspired to diminish the tale. Paul Pender also writes in a very journalistic writing style which, along with a few too many ill advised attempts at humour, didn't suit the dark events being described. Looking around at other reviews it appears that for other readers, this didn't get in the way of what is ultimately a fascinating story, however for me it was yet another distraction. By the end I was relieved to finish the book.

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