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Lancashire Murders

Lancashire Murders [Kindle Edition]

Alan Hayhurst
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Contained within the pages of this book are the stories behind some of the most notorious murders in Lancashire's history. The cases covered here record the county's most fascinating but least known crimes, as well as famous murders that gripped not just Lancashire but the whole nation. From Liverpool's Florence Maybrick (was she really guilty of poisoning her hypochondriac husband with arsenic and was he indeed Jack the Ripper?) to late Victorian Bury's disturbing 'Body in the Wardrobe' case; from the infamous Drs Ruxton and Clements who saw off five wives between them, to Blackpool's Louisa Merrifield, whole loose tongue was undoubtedly her downfall, this is a collection of the county's most dramatic and interesting criminal cases. Alan Hayhurst has been uncovering evidence about the county's historic murders for more than forty years. In writing this book he has visited all the murder sites, consulted original documents and contemporary reports, and spoken to those who have personal memories of the cases concerned. Lancashire Murders is a unique re-examination of the darker side of the county's past.

About the Author

Alan Hayhurst is Honorary Secretary of the Police History Society. A retired bank manager, he has been researching the history of crime in Lancashire for 25 years. He is a 'speaker on matters criminal', and has lectured on Dr Crippen at New Scotland Yard. He has written articles on crime and criminals and assisted in the production of Hideous Crimes: The Secrets of the Black Museum for Channel 5.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 993 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (29 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007K80EYM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A crime historian for 50 years, author of 5 books on murder. Lectures on crime history all over England.Has made several tv appearances, latest on Sky, Crime & Investigation Channel, "Fred Dinenage:Murder Casebook" re The Cannock Chase Murders 1967. Programme appeared late 2012.
Willing to assist Producers and fellow authors on matters of crime history.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lancashire murders 17 Nov 2012
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The author's knowledge of crime and research reflects in these true stories being told in a very clear and understandable way.Attention to detail makes the people stand out in a very vivid way.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Murders most foul 2 Aug 2011
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I regret buying this book for several reasons, not least because it is a superficial account of murders committed in the county of Lancashire. It includes several notorious cases, such as the Brides in the Bath and the violent death of Mrs Wallace. They achieved national notoriety for the former involved a serial killer, the latter because the murderer remained unknown until quite recently. Do not expect a cool description of the facts from this book, or anything approaching analysis of the forensic evidence. The Brides case in fact made the name of Sir Bernard Spilsbury for his acute and percipient analysis of the bodies, and the cause of death. Hayworth blithely ignores the vital forensic contribution that Spilsbury made in cracking the case, despite apparently consulting the archives. But it is the Wallace case which receives the worst treatment. After a very superficial account of the facts of the case, he dismisses without any supporting evidence the strong case made against Richard Gordon Parry, who was supected initially of involvement, but then dropped by the enquiry. Evidence implicating this man included a car he was driving the night of the murder which contained a blood soaked glove (cleaned up in a local garage). Mr Wallace, meantime, was accused and then convicted of killing his own wife, but it was a completely motiveless murder. The jury decision was overturned in a landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal, and Parry remained free, until his exposure a few years ago. Haywoth rejects the vital evidence of the blood soaked glove, and the criminal behaviour of Parry, and concludes that Mr Wallace was the murderer. It flies in the face of much evidence, and the author brings little to support his case. Old cases do deserve re-analysis, but it is not provided by this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Close to home in more ways that one. 25 May 2013
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Having been born and lived in Lancashire all my life I can identify with all the places, especially the murder in the children's ward in 1948 having worked on the very same ward some 30 years later when the initial layout had never changed. Will buy other books of the same ilk.
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