A collection of solved and unsolved murders from South Wales.
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.
South Wales 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.
In this book of Welsh murders you will see that the earliest case comes from 1878, with the remainder falling within a seventy-five year period after that date. They all come from a time when the death penalty was still in place. Of the sixteen murder cases related in these pages, ten of the murderers (and one innocent man) were sent to the scaffold.
While concentrating on this period I found that there were many fascinating cases to choose from. Obviously, I have tried to select the murder cases that have particularly interesting stories associated with them, rather than relating any which are simply random acts of brutality.
The title of each of the chapters, apart from in two of the cases, is taken from the contemporary newspaper reports of the crimes. Amongst these cases you will find several stories which are seldom recounted in books of this nature. These are mixed in with others that were huge news stories in their own time, which remain well known, and are almost impossible to omit.
As you will see there is a rich variety of methods used to dispatch the victims, from suffocation and poisonings to shootings and stabbings. Rather than use grisly pictures of corpses and blood-splattered crime scenes, I have tried to leave this to the reader’s imagination and instead have opted to show sites and scenes which are important to each murder case and which can still be seen today.
Released: August 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Neil Walden