Carefully researched and written in an impartial way, these accounts relate to the circumstances leading up to the murder and then detail the investigations that took place and the outcome of any resulting trial. There are some cases that remained unsolved, although the authorities may well have known the perpetrator but had insufficient evidence to take the matter to trial.
In this book of true stories from around Somerset and Bristol you will see that I have covered the period from the 1840s to the 1940s. While concentrating on this particular era I found that there were many fascinating crimes to choose from. I have tried to select the murder cases that have interesting stories associated with them, rather than relating any which are simply random acts of brutality.
The title of each of the chapters is taken from the contemporary newspaper reports of the crimes. Among 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, such as the cases of Amelia Dyer and George Smith. In these instances, with the central facts widely known, I have tried to focus on the particular links to our region.
All the stories come from a time when the death penalty was still in place. Yet, of the sixteen murder cases related in these pages, just nine of the murderers were sent to the scaffold. Some of the killers were given surprisingly lenient sentences while others were simply never apprehended.
01. The Bristol Station Murder
02. The Rode Murder
03. The Suspicious Case at Yeovil
04. The Brides in the Bath
05. The Porlock Tragedy
06. The Frome Murder
07. The Hunt for the Bristol Wife Murderer
08. The Dundry Murder
09. The Baby Murders
10. Murder of a Policeman near Yeovil
11. Riddle of a Bruise
12. A Bristol Tragedy
13. The Leigh Woods Murder
14. The Cinema Murder
15. Dreadful Murder at Weston-super-Mare
16. The Murder of Miss Jeffries
Released: September 2018
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Neil Walden