Description : True crime stories that span more than 200 years in south London history—from poisonings to passion killings. We are all drawn to understand the circumstances that lead others to commit unforgivable acts of violence—the moment that turns a caring human being into a killer, the series of events that drive ordinary people to murderous acts of inhumanity, or the slow, premeditated steps of the callous criminal. And the circumstances—and the twisted motivation—behind such violent acts are the subject of Caroline Maxton’s fascinating investigation of individuals whose misdeeds have tarnished the history of the Croydon area. Maxton investigates a wide range of murders and unexplained deaths, some of which are truly stranger than fiction. The events cover a span of several centuries, and the locations will be chillingly familiar to the inhabitants of Croydon. Local crimes that hit the national headlines, like the Bentley case of 1952, are covered in fresh detail, but the author concentrates on less well-known but equally intriguing, and shocking, episodes: the bizarre ‘mustard and cress’ murder of 1870, the brutal murder of Eliza Osborne in 1877, the Kenley Stud Farm mystery of 1922, the Birdhurst Rise poisoning of the late 1920s, and the notorious unsolved murder of eleven-year-old Miles Vallint of 1959.
Description : South London has a long and blood-spattered history of capital crime and many of its murder houses still stand today. There are many forgotten murders in South London, where only the murder house remains... Murder mysteries fill the pages of this book – some of them celebrated crimes, like the murder of Charles Bravo at Balham in 1876. Others remain forgotten tragedies, like the murder of Jane Soper in the Borough in 1875. This book will take you on a journey through some of the most notorious crimes in South London, including the Brixton Matricide, the Battersea Tragedy and the Tooting Horror.
Description : Criminal cases give us a fascinating, often harrowing insight into crime & the criminal mind, into policing methods & the justice system. They also tell us much about social conditions & attitudes in the past. David Cox's account of 16 notorious cases in Shrewsbury & around Shropshire is a particularly strong & revealing study of this kind.
Description : Barnsley and the surrounding area has a dark and sinister past. There were many foul deeds committed throughout the centuries of the most heinous kind -and many suspicious circumstances. Poverty was at the root of many of the early cases. During the Victorian period some seemingly uncaring magistrates appeared to take the view that to be poor was a crime to be dealt with severely and meted out extreme penalties. The unhappy state of some criminals resulted in ending their days in the workhouse. Throughout the 20th century the area was periodically rocked with murder cases which often made the national headlines.
Description : This famous resort town attracts millions of visitors each year—but it’s history of true crime proves that murder and mayhem never take a holiday. On the shores of Sussex, England, the famed town of Brighton has long been a favorite for those who want to enjoy its beaches, music, art, and culture. Unfortunately, some people in Brighton’s past pursued much more sinister diversions . . . This gripping volume covers two centuries of murderous doings in Brighton portrayed in fifteen vivid case histories that span the criminal code from trunk murders, poisonings, child murders, killings over nothing, deaths suffered on journeys, infidelity, and lust. Surprisingly, no single volume devoted to murders in Brighton has ever appeared before—especially considering the town has been dubbed the ‘Queen of Slaughtering Places’. Also featured are many rare historical images of Brighton at the time many of the crimes took place—helping bring readers into the dark past of this sunny seaside city.
Description : This text presents a detailed guide to Wigan's darker side, exploring the town's more sinister heritage, by examining accounts of murder and suspicious deaths from the Middle Ages through to the 20th century.
Description : The real-life murder mysteries that rocked London between two world wars—from the author of Unsolved Murders of Victorian and Edwardian London. Unsolved crimes have a special fascination, none more so than unsolved murders. The shock of the crime itself and the mystery surrounding it, the fear generated by the awareness a killer on the loose, the insight the cases give into outdated police methods, and the chance to speculate about the identity of the killer after so many years have passed—all these aspects of unsolved murder cases make them compelling reading. In this companion volume to his bestselling Unsolved Murders of Victorian and Edwardian London, Jonathan Oates has selected over twenty haunting, sometimes shocking, cases from the period between the two world wars. Included are the shooting of PC James Kelly in Gunnersbury, violent deaths associated with Irish Republican Army conspiracies, the stabbing of the French acrobat Martial Lechevalier in Piccadilly, the strychnine poisoning of egg-seller Kusel Behr, the killing by arsenic of three members of a Croydon family, and, perhaps most gruesome of all, the case of the unidentified body parts found at Waterloo Station. Jonathan Oates describes each of these crimes in precise, forensic detail. His case studies shed light on the lives of the victims and summon up the ruthless, sometimes lethal character of London itself.