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Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s & 1930s (ePub)

Local History True Crime London P&S History 20th Century England

By Dr Jonathan Oates
Imprint: Wharncliffe True Crime
File Size: 34.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 60 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 9781783037209
eBook Released: 11th March 2009

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Unsolved crimes have a special fascination, none more so than unsolved murders. The shock of the crime itself and the mystery surrounding it, the fear generated by the awareness a killer on the loose, the insight the cases give into outdated police methods, and the chance to speculate about the identity of the killer after so many years have passed - all these aspects of unsolved murder cases make them compelling reading.

In this companion volume to his bestselling Unsolved Murders of Victorian and Edwardian London, Jonathan Oates has selected over 20 haunting, sometimes shocking cases from the period between the two world wars. Included are the shooting of PC James Kelly in Gunnersbury, violent deaths associated with Fenian Conspiracies, the stabbing of the French acrobat Martial Lechevalier in Piccadilly, the strychnine poisoning of egg-seller Kusel Behr, the killing by arsenic of three members of a Croydon family, and, perhaps most gruesome of all, the case of the unidentified body parts found at Waterloo Station.

Jonathan Oates describes each of these crimes in precise, forensic detail. His case studies shed light on the lives of the victims and summon up the ruthless, sometimes lethal character of London itself.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Unsolved murders are nothing new in the world. There are some that boggle the imagination, and one wonders how some managed to remain unsolved. In the Unsolved London Murders by Dr. Jonathan Oates, there are twenty cases that have remained unsolved. Although these have happened over 100 years ago, there are some that could be solvable today, if Scotland Yard would reopen the cases.

I was intrigued with this book, as unsolved crimes always peak my interest. I was not disappointed! It was amazing and once I started, I could not put the book down! I read it in one sitting!

Put this book on your watch list, and get ready for a journey through some of the most puzzling and horrific unsolved murders in London!

NetGalley, LiberianGirl Readers

I enjoyed this book, I discovered lesser known cases that I’d never previously heard of, made all the more tragic that a killer was never caught, and that the victims to this day have no justice.
We are left to ponder on the idea that we have so many resources to hand now; forensics and sciences, not to mention criminal psychology play such a part in our modern policing and investigations, 100 years on we are in a much better position to bring murderers to justice.

I will definitely be looking at this author more in the future, and I’m very grateful to have been introduced to his work.

NetGalley, Catherine Leonard

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Unsolved murders are nothing new in the world. There are some that boggle the imagination, and one wonders how some managed to remain unsolved. In the Unsolved London Murders by Dr. Jonathan Oates, there are twenty cases that have remained unsolved. Although these have happened over 100 years ago, there are some that could be solvable today, if Scotland Yard would reopen the cases.

I was intrigued with this book, as unsolved crimes always peak my interest. I was not disappointed! It was amazing and once I started, I could not put the book down! I read it in one sitting!

Put this book on your watch list, and get ready for a journey through some of the most puzzling and horrific unsolved murders in London!

NetGalley, Rebecca Hill

About Dr Jonathan Oates

Dr Jonathan Oates is the Ealing Borough Archivist and Local History Librarian, and he has written and lectured on aspects of the history of London, including its criminal past. His books include several volumes on West London in the Images of London series as well as Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Ealing, Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Lewisham and Deptford and Unsolved Murders in Victorian and Edwardian London. He has also published a study of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 and Sweet William or The Butcher? The Duke of Cumberland and the '45.

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