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Blood and murder on the railway,
This review is from: Mr Briggs' Hat: A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder (Hardcover)
It all started when a train guard heard a commotion coming from the front of the train he was working on and his curiosity led him to a first-class carriage where blood was discovered by two gentlemen who intended to take their seats in the respective compartment. The floor ,the cushions and the windows of the carriage were smeared with blood as well. What was supposed to be a regular railway journey became a sensation: a murder of a respectable bank clerk set in motion a story which would obsessed the Victorians for many months. The drama which unfolded was not only to be followed in England but also in the USA. The clerck, Mr. Thomas Biggs, was not found at the beginning and an immediate investigation started ,well....I would not like to disclose whatever followed.
This book is a very good recreation of many things, especially the atmosphere in those days, where you can learn about the sounds, the sights, the smells, the prisons and investigation rooms, the crowded and unsanitary streets and other places of those times, the Civil War effects in the USA, the scientific methods used in the new science of criminolgy as, of course, the legal proceedings in both the USA and particularly in England. The crowds and their appetite for sensations, blood and drama are extremely well described and one can learn alot about the mentality of the crowd and public opinion during those years, namely the sixties of the nineteenth century.
Was the murderer caught? What about his motive or motives? Please read this book. You will enjoy every part of it.