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Meticulously researched by a retired senior detective, London Murder Stories takes the reader on a murderous journey from the coffee shops of Stuart England, through the foggy Victorian cobbled streets to the bombed-out austerity of post-war London.
From the wretched slums of Whitechapel to the elegant mansions of Kensington, murderers have been brought to justice over the centuries by outstanding police work and public co-operation, aided on rare occasions by supernatural agency and canine determination!
Murder is the most monstrous of crimes and yet few could deny that it grips us with a macabre fascination.
During my thirty-year career as a police officer, I have had the misfortune to encounter many murderers, including East End gangster Ronnie Kray and ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ Peter Sutcliffe. I have also witnessed radical advancements in technology and forensic science which now make it extremely unlikely that a murderer will escape detection. However, in this enthralling selection of London Murder Stories, the Metropolis was a very different place. In a world long before CCTV and DNA, and when the penalty for murder was death, the greatest assets to crime investigation were often the copper’s instinct and the nosey neighbour.
A whole library has been devoted to London’s most notorious murderer, Jack the Ripper, so his diabolical crimes are not discussed in depth here, although his malign influence inspired at least one of the killers in this book. And at Miller’s Court, Whitechapel, the very house in which he perpetrated his most atrocious attack, another victim was brutally slain a decade later.
This collection of twelve gruesome murders spanning two and a half centuries begins in the bustling coffee shops of the Stuarts and moves to the graceful squares of the Georgians before progressing to the foggy Victorian cobbled streets and culminates in the bombed-out austerity of post-war London.
So sit back and enjoy this murderous journey from the wretched slums of Whitechapel to the elegant mansions of Kensington, where old-fashioned detective work was aided, on at least one occasion, by supernatural agency, and in another case by dogged canine determination.
01. The Garrotting of Dr Clenche - Henry Harrison 1692
02. Murder in Miniature - Theodore Gardelle 1761
03. Bloodshed in Belgravia - William Marchant 1839
04. The Bryanston Square Murder - Mary Ann Hunt 1847
05. The Murderous Housekeeper of Harley Street - Sarah Drake 1849
06. The Slaughter of the Lambeth Servant - Ann Maria Martin 1880
07. The Islington Outrages - Alfred Gamble 1895
08. The Kensington Ripper - Reginald Traherne Basset Saunderson 1894
09. The St Pancras Bakehouse Murder - Johann Schneider 1898
10. Murder at Miller's Court, Whitechapel - Kate Marshall 1898
11. Carnage in Camberwell - Edgar Edwards 1902
12. Butchery in Barnet - Brian Donald Hume 1949
About the Author
Author and crime historian Brian Langston is the former Assistant Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police and has 30 years’ experience of investigating murder and other serious crime. He has interviewed notorious gangland boss Ronnie Kray and ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ Peter Sutcliffe. In 2007 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for services to policing.
Released: August 2016
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Brian Langston