The Awful Killing of Sarah Watts (Hardback)
A Story of Confessions, Acquittals and Jailbreaks
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Before Road there was Frome . . . before Whicher there was Smith . . . before the heartless slaughter of four year old Saville Kent there was the brutal rape and murder of fourteen year old Sarah Watts.
Taking place nine years earlier than the Road Hill case, made famous by the best-selling book The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and subsequent television adaptation, The Awful Killing of Sarah Watts: A Story of Confessions, Acquittals and Jailbreaks recounts the shocking details of this 1851 murder, on an isolated farm near Frome, and the incredible events that transpired from it.
On Wednesday 24th September 1851, with her parents at market, Sarah Watts was alone at Battle Farm. Sometime during the afternoon, an intruder battered, raped and brutally murdered her.
As the case gripped the nation, a London Detective was sent to investigate. The result was three local men – all notorious felons with previous convictions – were arrested and charged; but with a huge reward on offer, were they really guilty or just hapless victims of others' greed?
When they did stand trial, it set in motion a series of riveting events that culminated a decade later in a sensational confession; but was this confessor’s sanity to be questioned and were they even in the country at the time of the murder?
For the very first time, this sensational story is told in full-length book form, with the authors having meticulously researched newspaper accounts, court transcripts, prison records and eyewitness accounts.
Feature 'Frome Times Past' contributed by authorsFrome Times, 24th May 2018
As featured inTrue Crime Library, Bulletin 470
As featured inTrue Crime Library, Bulletin 469
Recommended 'read of the month' - Frome LibraryFrome Times online
'IN THIS edition of the Frome Times we welcome two local authors and historians, who will become regular contributors through a feature entitled ‘Frome Times Past’
Article: 'When our town was the crime capital of region' by James Wood as featured byFrome Standard, 12th April 2018
Author talk as featured inFrome Times, 29th March 2018
Click here to listenBBC Radio Somerset
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Article: Frome, the 'crime capital of the south west' where an horrific murder took place by James Wood as featured bySomerset Live, 20th March 2018
Article: 'Frome's most infamous murder - The Awful Killing of Sarah Watts' as featured inFrome Times, 1st March 2018