Pinkerton's Great Detective
The Amazing Life and Times of James McParland
Created in 1850, Pinkerton's National Detective Agency used operatives renowned for their skills of subterfuge, infiltration and investigation – and none more so than James McParland, who even featured in a Sherlock Holmes story. This detailed but very readable biography from the author of Nimrod charts the famous cases of this real-life super-sleuth, including his infiltration of the Molly Maguires and his hunt for the Wild Bunch, and sheds new light on Pinkerton's cloak-and-dagger methods.
Foul Deeds in Islington
Islington may now be one of the most fashionable areas of London, but it was once a dark and dangerous place. This absorbing book charts the many shocking crimes committed within its purlieus, and profiles their perpetrators: police killers Thomas Cooper and Ronald Marwood, the poisoner George Chapman, the child murderer Celestina Somner, and Kenneth Halliwell, who bludgeoned his lover, the playwright Joe Orton, to death on Noel Road.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Guildford
Covering crimes ranging from killing newborns to parricide, this book chronicles the more gruesome aspects of Guildford's criminal history during the 19th and 20th centuries. It describes in detail each of 22 cases and the fates of both victims and perpetrators, with illustrations from contemporary reports and old and new photographs of the scenes of the crimes.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths around Oxfordshire
From a baby-eating pig in 14th century Oxford to Victorian murders, this book chronicles the more gruesome aspects of Oxfordshire's history. It describes in detail each of 27 cases and the fates of both victims and perpetrators, with illustrations from contemporary reports and old and new photographs of the scenes of the crimes.
Yorkshire's Multiple Killers
From 1915, when William Birkitt killed the first of his three victims, to the trial and conviction of James Paton for his second murder in 2005, this book describes in detail 23 cases of multiple killers with Yorkshire associations. Some of the murders were committed in prison, while others – to the added distress of the victims' friends and family – were done following a convicted murderer's release.
Murder on the Home Front
A True Story of Morgues, Murderers, and Mysteries during the London Blitz
Giving up her job as a junior reporter in favour of becoming secretary to pathologist Keith Simpson, Molly Lefebure spent the war years attending autopsies and crime scenes and consorting with policemen and criminal lawyers. Against the backdrop of the London blitz, this memoir, dramatized in the 2013 ITV drama of the same title, recounts the stories of dozens of mysteries and crimes unravelled by the work of forensic pathology.
Tales of Murder and Manslaughter c.1700-1900
True crime writer Scott Lomax presents a guide to murder and manslaughter committed across the whole of Derbyshire, from the murder of Hannah Hewitt in 1742 to John Cotton's killing in 1898. Lomax's researches in newspaper archives have uncovered cases never previously explored, including a fight over three eggs which resulted in a killing, numerous children dumped in rivers and canals, unsolved murders and the probable serial killer, Elizabeth Berry.