Released: September 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: David J A Bell
A collection of solved and unsolved murders from Leicestershire.
The murders are recounted in a factual analysis of the events leading up to the murder and how the perpetrators were tracked down, tried and what punishment was handed down.
In this book of Leicestershire murders, the fifteen stories range from 1760 to 1986. In 1760, the aristocratic Earl Ferrers took his usual practice of being violent to his servants one stage further. He shot and killed John Johnson, a perfectly innocent man who had served both the earl and his father. When he was tried for his crime by the House of Lords, Earl Ferrers became the last peer of the realm to be hanged.
Following the murder of a girl in 1986, the investigation made international headlines by being the first ever use of DNA fingerprinting (itself discovered at Leicester University) to find the killer. Also included is a case where three young Coalville miners were found guilty of murdering a pedlar. When, on the scaffold, one of them confessed that he alone had committed the crime, the authorities still hanged all three.
Add in the case of a man who tried to conceal his crime by burning the body of his victim, a local wrestler who drowned his wife in a mill race, plus the infamous Green Bicycle murder of 1919, and the reader will find much of interest in the crimes that have occurred in the county of Leicestershire.
Leicestershire Murder Stories is a family title and does not include graphic details of events. There are however some images of the location where the murder took place or photographs of the perpetrator.
David J A Bell