The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable

The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable

A True Tale of Passion, Poison and Pursuit

Paperback412pp Illustrated196x126mm

9781780744032     Product Code: 511555

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New Year’s Day 1845: a message reaches Paddington from Slough concerning a murder suspect aboard the 7.42 train ‘in the garb of a kwaker’ – the experimental telegraph’s alphabet lacked Q. John Tawell, who had poisoned his mistress, was indeed a Quaker and a convicted forger previously transported to Sydney. Baxter describes his sensational capture and trial, which sparked public interest in the new-fangled electric telegraphy.

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