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The Secret Poisoner

The Secret Poisoner

Murder by poison alarmed, enthralled, and in many ways encapsulated the Victorian age. Linda Stratmann’s dark and splendid social history reveals the nineteenth century as a gruesome battleground where poisoners went head-to-head with authorities who strove to detect poisons, control their availability, and bring the guilty to justice. She corrects many misconceptions about particular poisons…

Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities

Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities

The Illustrated Police News 1864-1938 The Illustrated Police News is often dismissed as a crude publication which aimed to thrill the undiscerning reader with gruesome pictures. Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities sets out to correct that belief by demonstrating the diversity of its subject matter, examining its social and political agenda and revealing the power…

More Essex Murders

More Essex Murders

From the pretty villages, rural byways and bustling market towns of Essex come ten of the most dramatic and tragic murder cases in British history. Brutality, passion, jealousy, greed and moments of inexplicable rage have led to violent and horrifying deaths and, sometimes, the killer’s expiation of the crime on the scaffold. This chilling follow-up…

Middlesex Murders

Middlesex Murders

Middlesex Murders brings together numerous murderous tales, some of which were little known outside the county, and others which made national headlines. Contained within the pages of this book are the stories behind some of the most heinous crimes ever committed in Middlesex. They include the murder of John Draper, whose body was found in…

Greater London Murders

Greater London Murders

This compendium brings together thirty-three murderous tales – one from each of the capital’s boroughs – that not only shocked the City but made headline news across the country. Throughout its history the great urban sprawl of Greater London has been home to some of the most shocking murders in England, many of which have…

Kent Murders

Kent Murders

Among the gruesome cases featured here are the doctor who was poisoned with morphine in Faversham; the couple who were brutally battered to death in their beds in Chislehurst; and the strange death of a young German man whose body was discovered with one hand missing on Ramsgate beach. All manner of murder and mystery…

The Crooks Who Conned Millions

The Crooks Who Conned Millions

True Stories of Fraudsters and Charlatans. This lively and engaging book tells the stories of some of the biggest fraudsters of the nineteenth century. From the largest fraud on the London Stock Exchange – in which naval hero Lord Cochrane was accused of initiating a rumour that Napoleon had been defeated so that the value…

Gloucestershire Murders

Gloucestershire Murders

Contained within the pages of Gloucestershire Murders are the stories behind some of the most notorious murders in the county’s history. The cases covered include the most fascinating but least known crimes, as well as famous murders that gripped not just Gloucestershire but the whole nation. The featured cases are: The Campden Wonder In 1660…

Essex Murders

Essex Murders

The county of Essex has rolling arable farmland, Epping Forest, sleepy villages, busy market towns and secluded backwaters – a wide variety of settings for murder. This selection of crimes uncovers not only famous cases, but also previously unpublished dramatic and tragic tales. The accounts included here come from a time when murder was a…

Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion

Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion

A history of the discovery, uses and abuses of chloroform from 1831 to the present. Chloroform revolutionised surgery, but also caused hundreds of sudden deaths, the cause of which was a hotly-debated mystery in which physicians took sides and hurled insults at each other in the medical press. Opposition to its use in childbirth was…

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