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A collection of solved and unsolved murders from Yorkshire. 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.
Yorkshire 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 collection of horrendous transgressions committed in Englands largest county, I have assembled tales from across the centuries, from Civil War times to the 1960s. The killers’ methods range from poison to shotguns, and from attacks in the dark to cruel murder in broad daylight.
Most of these cases are not famous or infamous, but they all share one feature: the taking of a human life in situations of extreme passion, whether through a desire for profit or from a need to remove the victim from this earth, for some kind of heinous satisfaction.
I have included a number of unsolved cases, and these present a special allure to the general reader as much as to the crime investigator: ‘who dunnit’ is the key word.
This is a notion that moves us to read crime novels and also to feel the unease that a crime scene from long ago seems to have for us.
Overall, the county known as ‘Broad Acres’ has given the annals of murder some of their most gruesome and puzzling cases. Strangely, when we read these stories today, we find that though contexts change over time, the basic human passions never do, and these may sometimes lead to the killing of another person.
Released: August 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Stephen Wade