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Publisher: Bradwell Books
Released: August 2016
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Neil Waldon
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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 to bring them to justice. There are, however, five cases where the crimes were never solved, two of the stories relate to case that are genuine mysteries and three others where no one was officially found guilty. In the 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.
The true murder stories to be found in this book come from both the east and west of the historic county of Sussex. The cases covered span the period from the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century and all come from a time when the death penalty was still in place. There are sixteen murder cases related in these pages; nine of the murderers were sent to the scaffold, but several of the cases still remain unsolved.
While there are a couple of photographs of murderers, 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. Instead I have opted to show sites and scenes which are important to each case and that can still be seen today.
The title of each of the chapters is taken from the contemporary newspaper reports of the crimes. While several of the stories (that of John Haigh in particular) are fairly well known, there are other stories in this volume which have seldom been recounted since the time that the murder was committed. I hope you will find them of interest.
01. The Crumbles Murder
02. A Shooting in Bognor
03. The Donkey Row Murder
04. Murder on the Brighton Train
05. The Cuckfield Mystery
06. The Brighton Military Murder
07. The Case of the Soldier Cleary
08. The Brighton Poisoning Case
09. A Second Crumbles Murder
10. The Acid Bath Murders
11. The Crowborough Tragedy
12. The Brighton Trunk Murder
13. Murder at Hastins Gaol
14. The Arundel Murder
15. The Bexhill Train Crime
16. The Eastbourne Police Murder
About the Author
Neil Walden spent some years living in Sussex. His family are from Bexhill and he studied in Brighton. It was while working in the Chamber of Horrors at Madame Tussauds in London that he first rubbed shoulders with the likes of Haigh, the acid bath murderer and Mapleton the Brighton train murderer.