Blood on the Cobbles. A Victorian True-Murder Casebook by Grahame Farrell

By Grahame Farrell

As a follow-up to his first highly regarded books, a mixture of Murders and Gaslight Villainy, Grahame Farrell's Blood at the Cobbles is a real gem. in the event you cherished Gaslight Villainy, you are going to love Farrell's 3rd paintings during which he treats us to a different broad-spectrum supporting of real Victorian murder. right here we're social gathering to in-depth and exact bills of homicide so much foul within the kind of 13 fantastically researched and written chapters, with Farrell's ever transparent, readable and articulate variety portraying Victorian instances vividly. This publication is one for all true-crime readers looking a style of murders from instances passed by, and is out there for simply the cost of a coffee.

Blood at the Cobbles contains an excellent stability of well-known and lesser-known instances. In An errors of Judgement - titled such a lot aptly - the point of interest lies no longer rather a lot at the homicide, yet extra at the idiot who notion he may perhaps manage his solution to exoneration. an issue of Honour takes a special tack, and considers the...

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Candler’s housekeeper and neighbour, Samuel Yarham. Williment was curious as to why Yarham had been spotted by a constable in a totally different part of town in the early hours of the 19th November, less than an hour after being questioned at the murder scene by the sergeant. Where had the housekeeper been going at that late hour, and why? Williment decided to have another word with him. Calling at Yarham’s flat later that day, the sergeant began with some friendly chat before moving on to the real business in hand, adding a steadily-increasing tone of authority to his voice as he did so.

Oddly, inside his pockets were several pieces of coal, and the police quickly concluded that this was an attempt to hasten the burning of the corpse. Millie was left where he lay while the police turned their attention to the other man. Archibald Bolam had a nasty gash across his neck and close to his throat. But he was still alive. Recovering from unconsciousness, he was soon sufficiently revived to give an account of his ordeal. He had, he declared, received a series of threatening letters over the course of the previous few weeks, the most recent having been pushed under the door of the bank the previous (Thursday) evening by its unknown author while Mr.

Who was he, and what circumstances had brought about his sorry end? Shortly after the man had passed away, Superintendent William Biddlecombe of the Surrey Constabulary arrived at the ‘Barley Mow’, and began the task of finding answers to these questions. He learned from the man who had first summoned the assistance of Dr. Hayward – Edmund Allain by name – that the dead man was one Lieutenant Frederic Cournet, a former French naval officer with republican and socialist sympathies who, like many of his compatriots with similar convictions, had fled France after the coup d’etat of Louis Napoleon, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte earlier that year.

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