Foul Deeds Around Crewe takes the reader on a fascinating journey through centuries of local crime and conspiracy
Foul Deeds Around Crewe
Foul Deeds Around Crewe takes the reader on a fascinating journey through centuries of local crime and conspiracy, meeting villains of all sorts along the way – casual killers and robbers, murderous husbands and lovers, prostitutes and poisoners. This revealing book recalls many grisly events and sad or unsavoury individuals whose conduct throws a harsh light on the history of Crewe and the surrounding countryside.
Among the many acts of wickedness the authors recall are shocking crimes from the recent past – the daughter who poisoned her father, a murder in a stately home, two brothers who conspired to kill their father, a mysterious ritual drowning and the killing of a policeman. But they also cover in vivid detail the early criminal history of the area – the theft of sheep, cattle and horses, crop-wrecking, rural assaults, land-disputes, poaching and highway robbery. The ruthless punishments meted out to convicted criminals – public humiliation, imprisonment, the death penalty – are an essential part of the story.
This chronicle of Crewe’s hidden history – the history the town would prefer to forget – will be compelling reading for anyone who is interested in the dark side of human nature.