This book brings to life a selection of the most notorious, and grimmest, murders and other crimes in and around Liverpool from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries.
The tales include the Maybrick murder case, when Florence Maybrick poisoned her unpleasant husband, James, now believed by many to have been Jack the Ripper, ‘The Cameo Cinema Murder’, ‘The Man from the “Pru”’, and the Liverpool ‘Black Widows’. Alongside these, author examines lesser-known cases such as ‘The Hope Street Body Snatchers’, ‘The Wrong Brooch’ (the Liverpool pub landlady who was the main catalyst for the capture of Dr Crippen) and ‘The Prime Minister’s Assassin’ ~ when Spencer Percival was murdered in the House of Commons by a disgruntled Liverpudlian civil servant. Unusual crimes also feature: ‘The Man In The Iron Coffin’, ‘The Cheapside Vampire’, and the family of extremely violent Victorian muggers ~’The Murderous Mulveys’ and story continues into the early 20th century with the Edwardian gangs of Liverpool (the original Teddy Boys) and the ‘Tithebarn Street Outrage’.
The author also describes methods of punishing criminals in Liverpool through the ages and the role of the grisly Tower of Liverpool, where originally public hangings took place outside its walls and which became the disease-ridden town gaol in the 19th century. When the last hangings took place in Britain in the 1960s, it was carried out in Liverpool prison.
This collection of true life crime stories vividly recreates the events surrounding them and gives an insight into life in Liverpool in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. This book will fascinate anyone with an interest in the history of crime as well as those who want to know more about the story of Liverpool.
Ken Pye is the author of a number of books, and produced the Discover Liverpool series of DVD documentaries. He is a regular contributor to magazines, journals, newspapers, and television, and is the official local historian for Radio City in Liverpool (420,000 listeners per week = 2,500 per hour). He broadcasts on BBC Radio Merseyside (317,000 listeners per week = 1,886 per hour) on a weekly basis, and gives around ten local history lectures every month, as well as operating four tours per week for tourists. He is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool Hope University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A Scouser born and bred, Ken still lives in his home town, Liverpool.