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The Edgware Road Murder.

Gruesome does not do this crime justice. I’m not convinced that with all our advances in promoting a free press and offering up millions of digital images, that this single broadsheet image above would sit comfortably as a publicly disseminated … Continue reading

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The Cleft Chin Murder

This despicable and cowardly London murder somehow wended its way into the literary circles of George Orwell (1) and a rather tacky 1990 movie directed by Bernard Rose. (2)  The shameful cold-blooded murder of private hire car driver, George Heath … Continue reading

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The Chocolate Box Murder.

Imagine you are a young barrister and you have been given your first murder case to defend. The year is 1929, the country is England in the county of Bath. You need to defend your client from the death penalty … Continue reading

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Let Her Crimes Be Buried, Though Her Skeleton Be Exposed.

You are gazing at the skeleton of a notorious woman, as exhibited in London’s famous Surgeons’ Hall, whose murderous cruelty shocked and stunned eighteenth century England. I thought hard about whether to re-visit this case because of its barbarous, torturous … Continue reading

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A Handy History of Fingerprints Or Herschel’s ‘Weapon of Penetrating Certainty.’

I admit, I’ve been a little tricky with this title because this is not directly about who or which culture invented fingerprinting. The man I am about to introduce to you, fully acknowledges that the historic dilemma of, ‘who-when-where’ is … Continue reading

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The Painful Contemplation of Mr. Gee

On Monday, May 12th, 1834, a distraught gentleman called into London’s Lambeth Street Magistrates’ Office requesting urgent assistance. He was Mr. Gee, a solicitor visiting London from the countryside idyll of Bishop’s Stortford around forty miles away. An incredulous Principle … Continue reading

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Spanking The Glaze and Other Tricks

Scammers, fraudsters and tricksters have always been with us. Finding the nooks and crannies of misdirection that let them slip past our guard in order to steal, continues to be an issue and no doubt will always be so. Before … Continue reading

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