Devon has had its fair share of ‘murder most foul’.
Contained within the pages of this book are the stories behind some of the most notorious murders in Devon’s history. Devon Murders re-examines some of the crimes that shocked not only the county but the nation as a whole. From the brutal slaying of the Revd John Hay, vicar of South Brent, dragged from his church and slaughtered in 1436, to the strangling of schoolgirl Alice Gregory in 1916 and the triple murder of Emily Maye and her daughters at West Charleton in 1936, this is a collection of some of the county’s most dramatic and interesting criminal cases. Above all, there is an account of Devon’s most famous case, the murder of Emma Keyse at Babbacombe and the convicted servant John Lee – the man they could not hang.
John Van der Kiste’s carefully researched, well-illustrated and enthralling text will appeal to anyone interested in the darker side of Devon’s history.