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Released: July 2017
Author: Neil Walden
Size: 180 x 110mm
The Chilterns Murder Stories is the latest addition to this popular series of titles.
Carefully researched and written in an impartial way, these stories will demonstrate how, even hundreds of years ago, the authorities attempted to track down the culprits and bring them to justice.
There are however cases that were never solved and sadly no one will ever know the deadly truth. In more recent cases, the author has been at pains to respect the feelings of those involved, whilst ensuring the essence of the case is reported.
Written by Neil Walden, The Chilterns Murder Stories - A collection of solved and unsolved murders, is now available and is priced at just £3.99
All of the true murder stories to be found in this book come from the Chilterns area of England. They are spread between the relevant parts of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Chronologically speaking, the first story told is from 1822 concerning a murder at a toll house in Aston Clinton. The book then covers the next 120 years and finishes with what may be the most famous case of them all: the Luton sack murder.
The sixteen murder cases related in these pages resulted in nineteen deaths. There are two shootings, three stabbings and a poisoning. The remainder were brutally beaten to death in some way or another. As all the stories come from a time when the death penalty was still in place it is not surprising that eight of the murderers went to the scaffold. Three of the cases still remain unsolved.
While the title of each of the chapters is taken from contemporary newspaper reports of the crimes, I have not used any pictures of crime scenes at the time of the murders themselves. In each case I have attempted to leave this to the imagination and instead I have opted to show sites and scenes which are important to each case and that are still visible today.
About the Author
Neil Walden was born in Berkshire but lived in Wales for many years. Currently he is living just back over the border in Gloucestershire. He worked for some time at Madame Tussauds in London and it was here, in the Chamber of Horrors, that he first developed his interest in murder stories.