Convicted: Landmark Cases in British Criminal History

Convicted: Landmark Cases in British Criminal History

by Gary Powell

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Overview

Two elderly shopkeepers bludgeoned to death, the only evidence – a smudged thumbprint inside a cashbox. A Quaker poisons his mistress in Slough and, confident he will evade justice, arrives at Paddington station unaware modern technology had alerted police who lay in wait. Great Britain has led the world in crime-detection methods and the forensic sciences; this volume examines real criminal cases that have tested the legality and admissibility of these crime-fighting methods as they pass through the British legal system.Together with many other examples encompassing police corruption, ballistics, entomology and riot, to name but a few, this volume demonstrates how crime has influenced present-day policing methods, Britain’s criminal justice system and ultimately the detection and conviction of some of this country’s most infamous men and women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445670522
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gary retired from the police force after thirty-three years’ service (thirty spent as a detective) in London. He worked as a detective on New Scotland Yard’s Anti-Terrorist Branch and played a part in a number of murder and terrorist investigations. He regularly delivers talks and presentations to a number of historical societies and organisations.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 The King's Head (1649) 11

2 Where's the Body? (1660) 15

3 Well Done That Man (1670) 17

4 The Weight of Justice (1721) 18

5 Cut up in the Name of Science (1752) 21

6 Ouch! That Hurts (1782) 22

7 You Put Your Foot in It (1787) 24

8 Who Would Be a Woman? (1788) 25

9 Forget Justice, Let's Have a Fight (1817) 26

10 Trial by Media (1823) 35

11 Justice - But Not for You, Officer! (1830) 38

12 The M'Naghten Rule (1843) 44

13 Faster than a Speeding Train (1845) 47

14 Good Plan, but … (1848) 53

15 Not a Wife, Just a Punchbag (1853) 57

16 Prince of Poisoners (1855) 59

17 What's Mine Is Yours (1858) 63

18 Quack Quack (1859) 64

19 A Bit over the Top, Sir! (1860) 65

20 Is That a Rabbit in Your Pocket, Sir? (1862) 68

21 Who Really Killed Jessie McPherson? (1862) 69

22 The First Railway Murder (1864) 72

23 Why Didn't You Speak up, Doc? (1865) 75

24 Not Enough Room to Swing - Well, Anything (1866) 77

25 Got the Needle (1868) 79

26 The Last Public Execution (1868) 80

27 The Dark Angel of the North (1872) 83

28 We Are a Nation of Animal Lovers After All! (1876) 89

29 Morgan's Nose Saves the Day (1876) 90

30 Doctors to the Rescue (1877) 93

31 Coppers on the Take (1877) 98

32 Murder on the Brighton Line (1881) 101

33 What Would You Have Done? (1884) 103

34 He Could Have Been Saved by the Skin of His … (1895) 107

35 Have You Had a Drink, Sir? (1897) 114

36 Deaf but not Dumb (1900) 115

37 'All Right Governor, I'll Go Quiet' (1902) 117

38 Oh Brother! (1905) 122

39 Let Me Have My Say (1907) 130

40 My Ship Was Faster Than Your Ship (1910) 132

41 The Respectable Spy (1914) 137

42 Girl Power (1920) 140

43 Free Speech - There's a Limit (1921) 141

44 Just Sit Down and Be Quiet (1924) 142

45 One Law for Us … (1925) 142

46 The Appliance of Science (1927) 143

47 She Gave It Her Best Shot (1928) 148

48 Murder of a Victim Unknown (1930) 151

49 A Setback for Free Speech (1934) 155

50 It All Turned on a Loaf of Bread (1934) 156

51 Prove It (1934) 159

52 Maggots and a Newspaper (1935) 162

53 The Fascist Newsvendor (1937) 166

54 999 Emergency (1937) 167

55 Murder on the Tube (1939) 168

56 From Rowing Boat to the Gallows (1940) 172

57 It was Him - No, It was Him! (1942) 174

58 Two Lost Souls (1942) 175

59 All Froth and Mirrors (1944) 182

60 A Good-Time Girl (1948) 185

61 Fingerprints Gentlemen Please (1948) 189

62 Murder! Where's the Body? (1949) 192

63 Life Should Mean Life (1952) 201

64 It Really Wasn't Me (1952) 206

65 The Case of the Great Toe Print (1952) 209

66 Was he Britain's Most Prolific Serial Killer? (1957) 211

67 Turn Up the Radio and I will Go Quietly (1958) 217

68 Putting a Face to the Suspect (1961) 223

69 Cruelty beyond Belief (1963) 228

70 A Killer's New Life (1968) 229

71 Turnbull (1976) 231

72 Is that a Hammer in your Pocket? (1976) 236

73 A Decade of Pain (1981) 237

74 An Inspirational Woman (1986) 239

75 Remember Leicester for DNA, not Crisps (1987) 241

76 Just When You Thought You'd Got Away With It (1989) 244

77 A Victim, Not a Killer (1989) 249

78 You're Telling Lies, my Son (1991) 251

79 BBC's Crimewatch - The First Case (1994) 253

80 The Law Catches Up (1994) 255

81 Did You 'Ear the One about… (1996) 256

82 Long on Memory (1999) 259

83 A Plan to Kill his Own People (2000) 261

84 An Evil Uncle (2001) 263

85 Killed Just Doing His Job (2003) 265

86 Well Done, Your Honour (2005) 265

87 A Judge but no Jury (2009) 266

88 Bats Rule the Roost (2011) 269

89 Murder on the Small Screen (2013) 270

90 Berlingo Bingo (2014) 271

91 I Just Can't Remember (2015) 272

92 A Tale of Two women (2015) 274

93 There's a Lot of Money in Veg (2015) 276

94 Thirty Years of Misinterpretation (2015) 277

95 A Humiliating Crime (2015) 278

96 Look Behind you and Smile for the Camera (2015) 280

97 Have You Never Heard of the Minimum Wage? (2016) 281

98 An Illegal High (2016) 281

99 Blinks into Words (2017) 283

100 Britain's Longest-Running Trial (2017) 285

Acknowledgements 286

Bibliography 287

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