Released: July 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Stephen Wade
A collection of solved and unsolved murders from Lincolnshire.
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.
Lincolnshire 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.
Lincolnshire is a huge county, with a geography ranging from the deep fens in the south, to the scenic wolds of Tennyson country, and from the shores of the Humber to the borderlands with Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.
Its criminal history is as varied as the landscape as may be seen by many of the characters in this book and no less a figure than Dick Turpin. Turpin stole horses down near the Wash and took them up the Great North Road to sell in Yorkshire.
As to the county’s murders: they reflect the sheer isolation and loneliness of the country parishes through history, with an emphasis on rural crime: Lincolnshire is one of the transportation shires. Its poachers on the broad estates and the robbers on the lone highways were shipped off to Van Diemen’s Land up to the 1850s.
This collection of murder stories ranges from the classic tales of Tom Otter and William Button to the more recent murders recorded in such places as Scunthorpe, the steel town, and Grimsby, the great fishing port. Here the reader will meet a poisoner in a Gainsborough pub and a brutal attack on a lonely antique collector.
They all have one thing in common: deaths caused by greed, rage and jealousy, showing the potential everywhere for man’s inhumanity to man.