Vera Sidney

“Natural causes,” the doctor wrote on 40-year-old Vera Sidney’s death certificate on Friday, February 15th, 1929. Vera, who lived in Croydon, Surrey, had been ill for only a few days. It was the second family tragedy in less than a year – her brother-in-law, Edmund Duff, 59, had died only 10 months earlier. He also

May Thompson

Every Friday Ellen Kipling had dinner with her friend May Thompson. On Friday, February 15th, 1952, Ellen knocked on May’s door in William Street, Low Spennymoor, Co. Durham, and went in. May was lying in the kitchen. She had been stabbed 36 times, and bruising on her face suggested she had fought with her killer.

Charles Walton

Even today at the village of Lower Quinton in Warwickshire they’ll tell you that Charles Walton, a 74-year-old local hedger, was killed by witchcraft. The year was 1945, when most people would think witches were long gone. A search party went looking for Charles when he didn’t come home from a hedging job on Wednesday,

Harry Barham

One way to settle large outstanding debts is to start making money quickly to pay them off. That’s what bookmaker Harry Barham, 52, did. He was due to appear at the Old Bailey on a charge of evading £160,000 tax, and he was anticipating a fine on top of that. In an attempt to recoup

Audrey Stewart

While her husband was serving abroad in the RAF middle-aged blonde Audrey Stewart supplemented her married woman’s service allowance by going on the game in London’s Piccadilly area. She had a 30-shillings-a-week room in a big boarding-house off Buckingham Palace Road, which came as near to being a brothel as was possible without breaking the

James Kelly

He may have been a soldier, he was aged about 30, he was dressed in a light trench coat and he certainly had a gun. The night of February 11th, 1920, he robbed Acton railway station’s ticket office, and as he was attempting to break open the safe he was surprised by a night watchman

Mary Judge

In Emil Zola’s novel La b?te humaine trainspotters see a murder being committed on a train as it flashes by. In Leeds, Yorkshire, on Thursday, February 22nd, 1968, the reverse happened – passengers on the 8.37 p.m. from Hull saw a woman being murdered on waste land as the train rattled past the parish church

Dora Lloyd

Life for a London prostitute has always been fraught with risks. Ten years before Peggy Richards was killed at least a dozen other prostitutes were murdered. At that time Dora Lloyd was working the West End streets – although she had convinced her landlady that she was an actress. In the early morning of Sunday,

Peggy Richards

The year was 1942. It was Friday, February 20th and London’s Waterloo Bridge was still unfinished. Suddenly, from deep within the blackout and the river mist shrouding the bridge, came the sounds of a row between two people. A shopkeeper investigated and, finding a Canadian soldier the worse for drink on the bridge, escorted him

Vera Hoad

The rape of Vera Hilda Hoad, 11, was so violent before she was strangled that police believe her attacker’s penis may have been damaged in the assault. A hundred and fifty soldiers at a barracks near the crime scene, a field near a mental hospital at Chichester, Sussex, were accordingly paraded, and inspected without success.

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