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A Century of London Murders and Executions Paperback – Illustrated, 1 May 2008
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This fascinating book includes the case of the infamous Dr Crippen, executed in 1910 for poisoning and dismembering his wife in Islington; Neville Heath, who was hanged at Pentonville Prison for the brutal murder of Margery Gardner in 1946; and Ruth Ellis, the last woman to hang in Britain after being found guilty of shooting her lover outside a pub on the edge of Hampstead Heath in 1955. John J. Eddleston's carefully researched, well-illustrated and enthralling text will appeal to anyone interested in the shady side of Britain's capital city, and should give much food for thought.
About the Author
JOHN J. EDDLESTON is a full-time crime writer with nine books already published to date, including A Century of Welsh Murders and Executions.
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Most of the murders were unexceptional: domestic homicides and family annihilations, jealous lovers, drunken fights, robberies. The most interesting murder, I thought, was the first one, where a woman battered to death her three-year-old son for no apparent reason and left his body in a railroad station toilet.
I didn't find this book very interesting, and there were a lot of typos. I would recommend it only to people who are really obsessed with London crimes. Much better is Eddleston's comprehensive book The Encyclopaedia of Executions: The Stories Behind Every Execution in Twentieth Century Britain.