Released: July 2017
Author: Brendan Hawthorne
Size: 180 x 110mm
Birmingham & Black Country Murder Stories is the latest addition to this popular series of titles.
Between the covers of this book lie carefully selected true life murder stories from Birmingham and the Black Country, spanning some 200 years.
The accounts of these 'deeds most foul' have been researched and retold in an impartial and non-judgemental manner for readers to engage with at their leisure.
Hear how pleas of innocence and cries of guilt were heard from the gallows and how the law was modified to embrace social change and contemporary thinking.
Written by Brendan Hawthorne, Birmingham and the Black Country Murder Stories - A collection of solved and unsolved murders, is published this spring by Bradwell Books and is priced at just £3.99
The true murders and attempted murders portrayed in this book all took place within the boundaries of the industrial heartlands of Birmingham and the Black Country.
Many publications and newspaper articles already exist reporting on and presenting findings of this region’s well-documented but brutal social history. As an author, I have taken some of the more well-known and other lesser-known stories and re-presented them to you, dear reader, but keeping strictly to the recorded courtroom facts to remain true to the original story.
In this region, many crimes were committed against a backdrop of poverty, filth and lifestyles of drudgery and drink. Low pay and poor socio-economic and sanitary conditions from the dawn of industrialisation to the slum clearances of the 1930s laid the path to many foul crimes. This is not to excuse anyone or assuage guilt in any way but merely sets the individual cases against the conditions of adversity that, for many people, was their uncontrollable lot.
Here we go then! From would-be poisoners to murders over money and affairs of the heart, this book will give you an introduction to some of the stories that end up behind bars or with the hangman’s rope. Whether a means of introduction to further personal research or a journey into the region’s gruesome past then this is the book for you.
Read on if you dare. Beware the month of July and be warned: if you read late at night you may need to sleep with the light on!
About the Author
Brendan Hawthorne is a well-known Black Country author, spoken word artist and local historian. He has written a number of titles for Bradwell Books including Black Country Dialect, Birmingham and Black Country Ghost Stories, Warwickshire Dialect and Walks for all Ages in the Black Country.