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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
Lancashire Murders
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on 15 October 2017
Love a good murder
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on 21 June 2017
Excellent
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on 2 August 2011
I regret buying this book for several reasons, not least because it is a superficial account of murders committed in the county of Lancashire. It includes several notorious cases, such as the Brides in the Bath and the violent death of Mrs Wallace. They achieved national notoriety for the former involved a serial killer, the latter because the murderer remained unknown until quite recently. Do not expect a cool description of the facts from this book, or anything approaching analysis of the forensic evidence. The Brides case in fact made the name of Sir Bernard Spilsbury for his acute and percipient analysis of the bodies, and the cause of death. Hayworth blithely ignores the vital forensic contribution that Spilsbury made in cracking the case, despite apparently consulting the archives. But it is the Wallace case which receives the worst treatment. After a very superficial account of the facts of the case, he dismisses without any supporting evidence the strong case made against Richard Gordon Parry, who was supected initially of involvement, but then dropped by the enquiry. Evidence implicating this man included a car he was driving the night of the murder which contained a blood soaked glove (cleaned up in a local garage). Mr Wallace, meantime, was accused and then convicted of killing his own wife, but it was a completely motiveless murder. The jury decision was overturned in a landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal, and Parry remained free, until his exposure a few years ago. Haywoth rejects the vital evidence of the blood soaked glove, and the criminal behaviour of Parry, and concludes that Mr Wallace was the murderer. It flies in the face of much evidence, and the author brings little to support his case. Old cases do deserve re-analysis, but it is not provided by this book.
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on 30 November 2015
One mistake i noticed re Julia Wallaces age. she actually loooked good for her age not old, as the author states because she had gotten away with shaving 15 years off her age for her entire marriage. Then in death she managed to take off a further 2. Their marriage certificate shows her to be aged 37 in 1914 (but she was one month from being 53). Her gravestone shows her to be aged 52 (again...) but upon her death in 1931 she was actually 69. Julia Wallace was born Julia Dennis on 28th April 1861.
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on 17 November 2012
The author's knowledge of crime and research reflects in these true stories being told in a very clear and understandable way.Attention to detail makes the people stand out in a very vivid way.
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on 26 October 2014
Interesting read
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on 29 April 2015
Happy customer
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on 25 May 2013
Having been born and lived in Lancashire all my life I can identify with all the places, especially the murder in the children's ward in 1948 having worked on the very same ward some 30 years later when the initial layout had never changed. Will buy other books of the same ilk.
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on 30 May 2015
Very interesting and comprehensive coverage.
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on 3 May 2015
Very interesting and well written
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