Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Reading Paperback – 19 Nov 2009
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About the Author
John J. Eddleston is an authority on British criminal history and a prolific writer on the subject. His many books include Murderous Sussex, Murderous Manchester, Blind Justice, Jack the Ripper: An Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Executions, A Century of Welsh Murders and Executions, Manx Killers, Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Southampton and Miscarriages of Justice: Famous London Cases.
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In selecting such a fabulous title of "Foul Deeds & Suspicious Deaths in Reading," author John J. Eddlestone evokes the language and attitudes of the various periods as he recounts 16 horrific crimes from 1868 to 1971 - not all of which were ever solved. These factual accounts combine to provide what is essentially a collection of short stories and the very fact that they actually occurred makes the read all the more riveting. In addition, for some, a certain stretch of the River Thames mentioned in various accounts as children were drowned and bodies disposed, will never be quite the same again.
From the days when having an illegitimate child was the ultimate disgrace, one woman, for example, advertised an adoption service for a fee of £10. Having obtained both the money and the child, she then disposed of each youngster and to this day nobody knows how many she killed.
I did wonder how many of our other English towns might have such a history but that question was answered on page two where the Publishers mention another 60 titles with similar themes covering the widest possible spectrum from Barking to York.
Altogether a fascinating read and one which will probably get you interested enough to go out and buy that similar title for places you know personally.