True Detective December 2006

True Detective December 2006

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The man who wrote the last letter Rose Harsent ever received almost certainly murdered her. That is, if you believe she …

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The man who wrote the last letter Rose Harsent ever received almost certainly murdered her. That is, if you believe she was in fact murdered. For nothing is less certain in the mysterious case of Rose Harsent – the victim in the celebrated Peasenhall case – than the way she met her end. That all-important letter was of course unsigned, but there could be no doubting its meaning. Rose, a 23-year-old live-in maid at Providence House, was about to receive a midnight visit from a secret lover. Who he was and whether or not he killed her are questions that have been teasing the minds of crime devotees and two juries for more than a century. Now you can put your mind to the puzzling 100-year-old Suffolk mystery surrounding the grisly murder of Rose Harsent.

Staying in Suffolk, almost 19 years later Sarah Jane Howard was found battered to death close to a railway alongside Maiden Hall allotments. The police found a number of people who had been seen with Sarah on that night in February 1920 when she was murdered, but all the evidence seemed to point to one particular man, who like William Gardiner was a father of six…

Like many alcoholics, 64-year-old Jane Turner was a difficult person to help. Her drinking led to a split from her husband on Christmas Eve, 1939, and she had since had to find a bed wherever she could in the Birmingham district of Acock’s Green. Scraping a living together as a hawker, her situation improved slightly when someone took pity on her, but it didn’t last. From then on it was all downhill until that dark night in March 1941 when she kept company with an old soldier who had broken a leg in France…