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Unsolved London Murders: The 1940s and 1950s [Hardcover]

Jonathan Oates
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15 Oct 2009
Among the shocking cases of violent death Jonathan Oates reconstructs in this, the third volume in his series on unsolved murders in the capital, are the killing of 5-year-old Eileen Lockhart, the strangulation of a young woman whose body was found in a bombed house in 1941, the mysterious Cranford Park murder, the assassination of Countess Teresa Lubienska, and the strangulation of Elizabeth Figgs who was possibly the first victim of the Nudes Murderer. Also featured is a re-examination of the notorious case of Timothy Evans, the Welshman who was hung in 1950 for the murder of his infant daughter. Jonathan Oates describes each of these terrible crimes in precise, forensic and gripping detail. The criminal stories he tells shed light on the lives of the victims and summon up the ruthless, sometimes lethal character of London itself.

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  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Wharncliffe Books (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845631021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845631024
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 859,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Jonathan Oates is the Ealing Borough Archivist and Local History Librarian, and he has written and lectured on aspects of the history of London, including its criminal past. His books include several volumes on West London in the Images of London series as well as Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Ealing, Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Lewisham and Deptford, Unsolved Murders in Victorian and Edwardian London and Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s and 1930s. He has also published a study of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 and Sweet William or The Butcher? The Duke of Cumberland and the '45.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 20 May 2011
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The author has generally done a good job of digging up old murder cases which are now almost forgotten, using original sources to do so. The first few, for instance, cast an interesting light on murky murders during World War Two. They read well and are sensibly put together and concluded.

However, there are very few contemporary images, perhaps because there aren't any, so most pictures of of recent vintage. Several of the cases lack access to the original files, so newspapers of the time are used, thus limiting the information available. Finally, there are a few errors of fact; Haigh killed three women, not six. Christie did tell that he had killed Geraldine Evans, he was not in gaol for five minor offences (one was non-custodial), nor was his wife's maiden name Waddington, and there are a few more errors of fact in this chapter, sensible as the general approach to the case is. For these reasons I cannot give a 5 star rating, but on the whole it is well researched, original and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unsolved London Murders, The 1940s & 1950s 15 Dec 2009
I have found this book absolutely fascinating. The work of the Police in trying to solve the murders, the lengths they go to & the witnesses they interview puts old fashioned Police work to the fore. Superb detective work.
David J. Lee
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