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The Murder that Defeated Whitechapel's Sherlock Holmes (Paperback)

At Mrs Ridgley’s Corner

British History True Crime London 20th Century

By Paul Stickler
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 187
ISBN: 9781526733856
Published: 16th April 2018


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In 1919, when a shopkeeper and her dog were found dead in Hitchin, Hertfordshire with brutal head injuries, there followed an extraordinary catalogue of events and a local police investigation which concluded that both had died as a result of a tragic accident. A second investigation by Scotland Yard led to the arrest of an Irish war veteran, but the outcome was far from conclusive.

Written from the perspective of the main characters involved and drawing on original and newly-discovered material, this book exposes the frailties of county policing just after the First World War and how it led to fundamental changes in methods of murder investigations.

Offering a unique balance of story-telling and analysis, the book raises a number of unanswered questions. These are dealt with in the final chapter by the author’s commentary drawing upon his expertise.

As featured in

True Crime Library, Bulletin No. 471

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BBC Three Counties, 10th May 2018

Article: 'A cornershop murder case that Scotland Yard's finest couldn't crack' by JP Asher as featured by

The Comet, April 2018

About Paul Stickler

Paul Stickler joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1978 and spent the majority of his time in CID. He spent many years involved in murder investigations and was seconded to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia to study international perspectives of crime investigation. Since his retirement in 2008 he has combined his professional knowledge with his passion for history, researching murders in the first half of the twentieth century. He spends his days delivering lectures to a wide range of audiences. More can be found out about him on his website: www.historicalmurders.com

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