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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Unsolved Crimes
I thought this book excellent value, well researched and clearly written; the author's appraisal of each case was particularly useful. However I did find his chapter on the Wallace case lacking in detail and in fact there is a discrepancy in his description of Wallace's tram journey on the night of the murder. Having recently been in the area I can tell readers that it is...
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Author Solves The Crimes That 1000 Years Of Police Couldn't
Weighing in at 575 pages, this isn't a book that you'll be finishing in anything approaching a hurry. Fortunately for me, it's spread into 39 chapters, so it's very possible to read for a short while, then put the book down for a period of time, without risk of losing where you are, like you would in another book.

Now, the author of this work is a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Unsolved Crimes, 24 May 2012
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michael powell (Cheshire (ex-York)) - See all my reviews
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I thought this book excellent value, well researched and clearly written; the author's appraisal of each case was particularly useful. However I did find his chapter on the Wallace case lacking in detail and in fact there is a discrepancy in his description of Wallace's tram journey on the night of the murder. Having recently been in the area I can tell readers that it is not three miles from Wolverton Street to the tram-stop as stated in the book. The confusion seems to lie in Wallace's lack of alibi for the first part of the journey. On his first tram-ride no one reported seeing Wallace and he didn't talk to anyone. He said he got on the No. 26 Tramcar on Tunnel Road, near St Margaret's Church and got off at the corner of Smithdown Rd and Lodge Lane, the tram stop being some 650yds from Wolverton Street. It was then that he spoke to the conductor who told him to get a car to Penny Lane...where he then alighted with much fuss to get a No. 5a along Menlove Avenue to the corner of Menlove Gardens West. The distance from Penny Lane to Menlove Gardens was only 650yds and cost him a penny....why didn't he walk? Because he needed the alibi!!!

Two schools of thought on this one then....

Why didn't he establish an earlier alibi...? The earlier the sighting the better for his alibi? Maybe he was out of breath, shook up etc and dare not speak?
Maybe, if he was innocent, he didn't need to engage with anyone, as he knew the way to Smithdown Rd.....(he also knew the way to Menlove Avenue , but pretended he didn't!!!)
Did no one see him because he didn't get on? Maybe he got a taxi or a bus that got him to Smithdown Rd quicker, giving him more time to kill Julia after the milk boy had gone?
His alibi only really starts at 7.06 when he approaches the conductor at Penny Lane...that's over half an hour after Alan Close sees Julia at the door...!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Author Solves The Crimes That 1000 Years Of Police Couldn't, 10 Dec. 2007
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Weighing in at 575 pages, this isn't a book that you'll be finishing in anything approaching a hurry. Fortunately for me, it's spread into 39 chapters, so it's very possible to read for a short while, then put the book down for a period of time, without risk of losing where you are, like you would in another book.

Now, the author of this work is a crime-solving genius, and all police authorities would be wise to offer him whatever it costs to get him under their employment.

This is evident from the opening chapter, in which he's able to give clear indications of who killed King William Rufus a millennium ago. Despite the title of the book and the fact that people that were there at the time were unable to make the links themselves, he's able to set out how somebody who was never under suspicion at the time was able to pull it off.

Repeat this for all of the 39 murders covered in the book.

That, for me, is the problem with this work. Yes, he is able to give you the background for each story, which is what I wanted, but I dislike how he seems to make it into a script that the reader is supposed to follow to reach conclusions that were never realised in reality.

I find it hard to swallow that so many cases in history went unsolved when I, if this were fictionalised, would be able to determine who the culprits are just from the way that the story is written. And this guy wasn't there over the last thousand years, remember.

And there's not only that. There's the tenuous links he creates. For example, Lizzie Borden, of the nursery rhyme fame: "Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks; When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one."

Now, even people of the day knew that she had done it, although she was acquitted. Nonetheless, the author spoils things in the final paragraph:

"Those who think she could not have done it should remember what she did do to Abby's cat. A woman who is capable of beheading a cat is certainly capable of killing her father."

What tosh. It's not true in any realm of reality that the willingness to kill an animal, even if it's a seemingly pointless or cruel act, means that the person is automatically capable of patricide. We've all pulled wings off flies. Some of us will have used traps or poison to catch vermin.

Anyway, this kind of delivery tarnishes the book. I enjoyed some of the historical coverage, although wasn't impressed by the way he added details he gave in order to make it clear who the real culprit was, and idiocy where "willingness to harm an animal = undoubted willingness to murder one's father" really damages it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth, 29 Sept. 2009
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Dissapointing. The author presents just a case that I've been interested in and know a lot about it: the Jonbenet's murder case. Most of what says the author about this case (I mean facts, not opinions) is wrong. Lots of carelness, it seems a book written in a hurry with not contrasted documentation at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value, 14 May 2012
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This book is an excellent read and good value for money. It contains dozens of unsolved crimes over the centuries up to almost the present day.After outlining each crime the writer then gives his opinion as to the most likely perpatrator. Very interesting and Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars no change, 19 Jun. 2014
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From the beginning of time up to the present day murders have been and are committed without being solved and I find it amazing in this day and age that this happens. This is a good read for non fiction buffs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new to say, 3 Jan. 2014
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This is a good read, the author doesn't make you believe his POV he leaves it up to you which is good. However their are no new cases just ones that have been done before and sheds no new light at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 25 Feb. 2013
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Plenty of these around but good for free would have paid for it if it was for sale and very boring that you have to write so many words to submit a review
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mrs W, 4 Oct. 2012
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Good book if you are into crimes. Very informative on unsolved crimes from the early ages right up to date. A book to be reread on severel occossions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable, 22 Mar. 2014
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Fascinating....a few cliches....but all in all, well worth the read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in true crime and mysteries.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 18 Feb. 2013
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Quite interesting especially the more modern crimes , some high profile stories with information not heard before. Too many ancient crimes though.
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