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Murderous Birmingham (Executed of the Twentieth Cent) [Kindle Edition]

John J. Eddleston
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This century has seen the execution of 33 men and one woman at Winson Green prison in Birmingham. In addition, others who had a strong connection with England’s second city were executed elsewhere and by the time we include those who perished on the gallows at Warwick, Stafford and Worcester, our totals have risen to 49 men and that lone woman, Dorothea Waddington, who was hanged in 1936.

It would be impossible to cover every one of these stories, in depth, in a book of this size, so I have concentrated on those who killed in Birmingham itself, or who committed their crimes in the surrounding towns and villages, but had a connection with Birmingham. Nevertheless, there are some absorbing tales to tell.

The reader will discover family feuds, such as that in the first chapter of this book, where John Joyce, the first man to die at the end of a rope in Winson Green this century, killed one of the members of a family he held a grudge against. The last Birmingham execution, that of Oswald Augustus Grey, in 1962, is also told in these pages. Between these two there are the child killers such as William Quayle, the wife murderers such as Elijah Pountney, and those who killed perfect strangers, such as James Joseph Power. There is the terrible story of Henry Gaskin who was rightly compared to Jack the Ripper, and John Davis who suggested that cutting someone’s throat was a good way to cure a headache!

The reader should remember that in every single chapter, a man was found guilty of murder and was consequently given the exact date and time of his own death. He waited in the condemned cell, counting the days, hours and minutes until the door opened and the executioner came in to claim his life. Judge for yourself if all were guilty, and so deserving of that fate.

About the Author

John Eddlestone was born in Lancaster in 1952. He now lives on the South Coast. He has been a banker and salesman but is now a full time author. Eddlestone is one of the foremost writers on crime in the UK. His interest int he executed came about when he was a child and was handed a penny by a kindly stranger.It turned out the stranger was Norman William Green, hanged the following year for the murder of two small boys.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1859839347
  • Publisher: JMD Media; Second Paperback Edition edition (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K1ES44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of social history 2 May 2011
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A detailed account of the murders of Birmingham that resulted in the person responsible being executed in the 20th century.

This book offers a description of the crime, the court case, the appeals and the outcome of each case. These are well written, clear and free from errors and contradictions (something that is not the case in works of a similar kind by other authors).

But, to me, it is as important as a social history of the times when the crimes were committed. It offers a valuable window to how life was at various points in 20th century Birmingham. The streets, pubs and other places mentioned still exist, but society has changed completely since the times of these crimes. It is wonderful to experience how things were, even if it is via the tragic events described.

I highly recommend this book.

A note on the Kindle edition: largely it is presented very well. There are a number of hyphens wrongly introduced into words and, in one or two places, a duplicated sentence. Given the price I paid for the Kindle version (less than £1.50) I feel these are acceptable as the work still reads perfectly well.

On the basis of this title I have bought others by the same author, covering other areas of England.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Local areas 10 Feb. 2013
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Very interesting book ,living in brum for a number of years I can identify some of the addresses..enjoyed this book and would buy more
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