I have written a book that investigates a murder that occurred in 1817 in Nottinghamshire, England. I believe the wrong man was hanged. I researched it for years yet cannot find a publisher. Should I get Jordan to re-write it?
I've just started a preliminary look at this after years of knowing the summary story. The first question I asked was why did Charles Rotherham do this...something doesn't add up. I'd be very interested to know what you think, you obviously done what I'm about to consider embarking upon!!! :-)
Sorry about the delay. Not been back to this site. Rotherham was an ex soldier. He'd fought under Wellington but left the army just prior to Waterloo. Many thousands came home from war to an impoverished country, bankrupt by the cash injected into the war effort. In fact the men only joined up so they could eat. They were vilified back home and many took to drink. Rotherham had no motive for the murder. He was pissed and lying in the hedgerow. He was, however, a handy scapegoat to hang for the murder. He never said he did the killing but did tell the priest that he was sorry if he had but he didn't remember it, he was so drunk. He went the Hutt pub soon after the alleged murder. It's half a mile down the road. He would, had he been guilty, be covered in blood. Bessie had her eye knocked from the socket. The murder was bloody. Would you go into the next pub up the road after doing the deed? Hardly. Reports of him having been seen in the pub MAKE NO REFERENCE TO HIM BEING BLOODIED. There's more I've picked up along the years. My conclusion was that Bess was in fact in Mansfield working as a prostitute, driven to it by poverty. She is described in some contemporaneous reports as 'interesting'. The term was often used of someone pregnant. I concluded she was killed by a well to do man from Mansfield because she carried his child. Why else would the good men of Mansfield subsequently put on an entertainment to raise money for her family when she was a nobody? I've covered and timed all the walks done by the main characters in the tale on the day of her death. The times reveal many faults in the evidence given to court. You're right. It stinks. Charles Rotherham was executed less than two weeks after the murder. I don't think he did it. I'm willing to give you more stuff if you're really interested, maybe borrow my manuscript. I never published because it was all before the Internet that I wrote it. It might interest you to know that Bess had a younger brother, Richard, and that I subsequently traced her descendants to Peru with the help of Michael Bentine, one of the original Goons. Hope you get to see this. Who knows. Cheers, Dave Marshall. firstname.lastname@example.org