By John Van der Kiste

ISBN-10: 075095129X

ISBN-13: 9780750951296

"Berkshire Murders" is an exam of a few of the country's so much infamous and stunning circumstances. They contain Hannah Carey, crushed to loss of life by means of her husband at Warfield in 1851; younger Hannah Gould, whose throat used to be minimize through her father in a frenzied assault at Windsor in 1861; Nell Woodridge, murdered through her husband in 1896 and later immortalised in Oscar Wilde's "The Ballad of analyzing Gaol"; Annie Davis, killed by means of her lover in 1912; and, Minnie Freeman Lee, whose physique used to be stumbled on in a trunk in 1948. there's additionally an account of the crimes of Amelia Dyer, completed in 1896, Britain's such a lot infamous child farmer. John Van der Kitse's conscientiously researched, well-illustrated and spell binding textual content will attract all these attracted to the darker facet of Berkshire's historical past.

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The jury returned a verdict of guilty of murder, but with a recommendation for leniency on the grounds of extreme provocation. Before passing sentence, the judge said that if the injuries had been inflicted in the moment of his wrath, the court might have dealt more leniently with him. However, he had come home one night, and without any aggravation caused his wife’s death by dragging her out of bed and trampling on her. There could be no doubt that the injuries she sustained caused her death.

The unsuspecting Blagrave noticed him coming in to sit at the inn, and exchanged a few friendly words with him. It was approaching midnight when Blagrave left to go home. He walked across the meadows to Caversham, about a mile away, without any suspicion that the man he had struck up a brief conversation with earlier was keeping a discreet but close distance behind him. As they passed through the village Saunders took a large club out of a baker’s woodstack, and once they had gone through Caversham he increased his pace till he caught up with Blagrave.

He received the news calmly, without any display of emotion. His mother visited him shortly before the sentence was due to be carried out. ’ The bolts were pulled, but the fall was too short and he suffered slow strangulation, thrashing and struggling for some minutes before the final convulsive shudder. When his body was cut down after being left suspended for the customary hour, his head was shaved ready for burial and a description was written down for the files. A large fracture about three-quarters of an inch wide and five inches long was revealed on his skull.

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