Episode 65 – Sally & Richard Challen

On Saturday, August 14th, 2010 Sally Challen was with her husband Richard packing up their family home in Claygate Surrey England. The couple had been married for thirty-one years and were preparing to rent out the house so they could embark on a six-month adventure in Australia. That is, until later that afternoon, when Sally made a startling discovery.

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Sally Challen at end of ‘long road’ after admitting manslaughter of husband