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Great Train Crimes: Murder and Robbery on the Railways [Hardcover]

Jonathan Oates
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18 Mar 2010
Murder and robbery committed on the railways have long held a special place in British criminal history. Railways and trains create special conditions and opportunities for criminal acts. Two legendary large-scale robberies took place on the British railways the Great Bullion Robbery of 1855 and the Great Train Robbery of 1963 and these extraordinary episodes are often used as examples of the ultimate in criminal audacity. But as Jonathan Oates shows in this powerful selection of case studies, most railway crime is less sensational yet, in many ways, more revealing. He reconstructs in vivid detail some of the most memorable cases dating from Victorian times to the present day. Included are cases of adults and children who were thrown to their deaths from trains, decapitated corpses found beside railway lines, passengers who were pushed from platforms into the path of oncoming trains and others who were stabbed, shot or strangled during their journeys and were found dead on arrival. The sheer variety of crimes is astonishing, as are the stories that unravel behind them. As he retells these sensational, bizarre, often ghastly tales, Jonathan Oates gives an insight into the reality of railway crime. His collection is a must for addicts of true crime cases and for readers who enjoy railway history.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wharncliffe Books (18 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845631129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845631123
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 16.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Unsolved Murders in Victorian and Edwardian London and Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s and 1930s. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TRAIN CRIMES 18 Jan 2014
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Jonathan Oates has written a fascinating book dealing with crimes committed on trains, ranging in date from 1855 up to 1965. There is also a chapter on miscellaneous train crimes from 1897 right up to 2008.
Some of the cases are familiar, such as the Merstham tunnel case of 1905, and the famous case dealing with Mr Briggs and his celebrated hat; but others are less well known, but still of great interest.
Detailed meticulous research enlivens these stories and they certainly make fascinating and absorbing reading.
Well recommended, but perhaps not for a long train journey.
Paul Howard Lang
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3.0 out of 5 stars great crimes 29 Aug 2014
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This follows a range of crimes as stated committed on the British railway. This is not a page turner, however informative it is, it is a little turgid in places, which is surprising considering the subject matter. As a non fiction read it is well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 27 Oct 2013
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Downloaded the look inside version - then decided to buy the paper version of the book. Looks a very interesting read and wanted a permanent version.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard going I felt 9 Jan 2014
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Have suspended reading this - couldn't get into it somehow but I may go back when I have a gap in my reading
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