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Southampton Murder Victims [Hardcover]

Jim Brown
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Book Description

30 Sep 2010
This is a unique account of over 70 murders that have occurred in Southampton between 1783 and 2009. It contains official police and other photos published for the first time. It provides a special insight into the methods employed by police in the 1950/1960s. "Southampton Murder Victims" is the result of painstaking research by the author, who had unrivalled access to police and other archive files normally unavailable to the general public. It has resulted in fascinating accounts of over seventy murders committed in Southampton between 1783 and 2009, including some that took place on the high seas and subsequently investigated by Southampton police under the Merchant Shipping Acts. Brown has also outlined the changes in legislation relating to what was, for many years, a mandatory death sentence and the alterations to the court systems over the period. The accounts are arranged in strict chronological order, allowing the reader to dip into the period of their choice, the earlier cases arousing nostalgia for parts of the city that have long since vanished. Included in the accounts are Brown's recollections of investigations in which he was personally involved as a member of the murder squad, and these provide a unique and fascinating insight into the methods employed by the police in the 1950s and 60s. The book contains many illustrations, some of them official police photos showing the scene of the crime and published for the first time, making "Southampton Murder Victims" a must-read for the bloodthirsty, the historians and the just plain curious.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DB Publishing; 1st Edition edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859838359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859838358
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JIM BROWN is a local author and researcher with a passion for Southampton's history. A former detective and deputy coroner's officer with the Southampton City Police, he has lived and worked in the city all his life, and in retirement has devoted himself to investigating the city's past. A leading member of the Bitterne Local History Society, he has written several books, including The Illustrated History of Southampton's Suburbs, Southampton's Changing Faces, and More Southampton Changing Faces (Breedon, 2004, 2005, 2008).

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MURDER, HE WROTE 8 Oct 2010
By Joyce
Format:Hardcover
This is a fascinating book, well researched, lucidly written and including many photos not seen elsewhere. Written in a way that is both perceptive and compassionate to the victims of crime, this excellent volume is also a fabulous page turner into the bargain.
Anyone with an interest in real crime, in criminal and legal history, in captivating storytelling or in the Southampton area will not be disappointed. Jim Brown, the author, is well qualified to share these stories. Jim served with the murder squad as a young police officer in Southampton and worked in law enforcement and with the coroner's office in Southampton all his life. In retirement, Jim is able to share his passionate, wise and unique insights into these lives and crimes centred on Southampton.
So many "Real Crime" titles are at best pulp fiction, but Jim Brown's new book will be read voraciously by all who value good prose coupled with meticulous research and a deep understanding of people and their motivations and complexities.
I particularly value the way the author places the murders in chronological order from 1783 to 2009 which makes it easy and intriguing to see the changes taking place in procedure and attitudes over the years.
A must read! Go on - you know you want to!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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I loved this book, I couldnt put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Local stories 5 July 2014
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While the subject of murder is devastating for the victim's families, I enjoyed this book for the historical aspects of my home city. The changes in how they catch the murderers and the methods used before modern technology. A very well written book and I have recommended it many times already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful. 5 May 2014
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An extremely well written book, unlike some other true crime books I have read you can really get into this one. the cases are well written out with just the right amount of information. in actual fact it was a shame that it was over all too quickly, I shall be reading this again very soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great read 4 Oct 2013
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i ordered this because Southampton is my home town.I found this a fascinating read and i can remember reading about some of the murders in our local paper.This book supplied facts about these murders which were not reported at the time.I would recommend this as a good read even if you are not from Southampton.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired 5 Sep 2013
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Just ok,too short accounts of crimes committed. Not enough detail, no better than a news paper report. Have read better
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 18 Feb 2013
By Roger
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I read this book in double quick time as it is a true page turner. As a native Sotonian I do remember the more recent cases.
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