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The Mount Stewart Murder: A Re-Examination of the UK's Oldest Unsolved Murder Case [Kindle Edition]

Chris Paton
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In March 1866, Janet Rogers travelled to the Perthshire-based farm of her brother, William Henderson, to help with chores while he looked for a new domestic servant. Three days later she was found dead in the farm kitchen, killed by multiple blows from an axe. Ploughman James Crichton was suspected of the atrocity, and after a lengthy investigation was arrested and tried in Perth, with the case duly found non-proven. Was Crichton the guilty party? If not, why did William Henderson try to frame him? Why was the previous servant on the farm sacked, and why did she wait eight months to accuse Crichton of being responsible? And what led to Henderson being driven insane, ultimately to end his days in a Perthshire lunatic asylum? The murder investigation remains the UK's oldest unsolved murder case. Just who was the killer at Mount Stewart Farm?

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About the Author

Chris Paton is a former BBC Scotland television producer/director specialising in history-based programs. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies and runs Scotland's Greatest Story family history service. He has regularly written for Ancestors, Family History Monthly, Practical Family History, Your Family Tree, and his own Scottish Genealogy News and Events.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1142 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars page turning stuff 29 Nov. 2012
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Loved the detail and obvious research into the subject. Of course, the murder of a woman that goes unsolved is a good plot. The narrative flows rather too well and I sometimes had to remind myself that this was a true and grisly story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!! 7 Jan. 2013
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Thoroughly recommend, it's such an interesting story and even more so due to the fact that it's a true story and written by the victim's 3 x great grandson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting investigation ........ 26 May 2014
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........ and a good indicator of official and public attitudes to crime and a good many everyday situations, in Victorian Scotland.
At a time when investigative law officers had nowhere near the scientific aids that those of today do, it was somehow refreshing to read that the accused, against whom the charge could not be "proven" was released; yet also frustrating because most of the
admittedly circumstantial, and sometimes contradictory, evidence had pointed towards this individual, who may well have been convicted had DNA testing for instance been an option.
Those looking for a sensational read -- aside of the circumstances of the crime itself --- would be advised to give it a wide berth.
Inasmuch as he was able -- the victim was an ancestor --- the author has charted an open-minded and fairly non-judgemental course, presenting the evidence as it appeared in police notes and court transcripts; and reprinted some of the more lurid and sensationalist newspaper articles without appearing to be influenced by them.
However, one senses his frustration at the knowledge that no-one will ever be convicted for this offence, nor will the offender ever be named, for this crime which all but destroyed some members of his family.
Factual and somewhat dry, with an insider's knowledge gained from family anecdotes and records. Saddening and depressing too, for emotion can't be altogether erased from this work, which appears to have been somewhat cathartic for the writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compulsive plot 17 Oct. 2014
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Interesting account maintained by basis on factual events. The first book that I read of this type was The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and noted his inclusion in the overall scenario of crime investigation in this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 5 Dec. 2014
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heavy going but interesting
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