This chilling follow-up to Somerset Murders brings together more murderous tales that shocked not only the county but made headline news throughout the nation. Covering the length and breadth of Somerset, the featured cases include two female poisoners, Catherine Churchill, who killed her husband in Knowle-St-Giles in 1879 and Sarah Freeman, who claimed several victims in the Bridgwater area from 1843 onwards. A wide variety of means and motive are covered. There is murder committed in the course of robbery, such as the brutal killing of Sarah Wilkins in Nempnett Thrubwell in 1851; murder through jealousy, as in the case of George Bitten, who murdered his wife at Wolverton in 1867 and even altruistic murders, such as that committed by Albion Wadman near Wincanton in 1883. Also included is the strange and intriguing story of Reginald Woolmington, who faced two trials for the murder of his wife at Milborne Port in 1934. Nicola Sly and John Van der Kiste’s well-illustrated and enthralling text will appeal to everyone interested in true-crime history and the shadier side of Somerset’s past.
About the Author
Nicola Sly has a masters degree in forensic and legal psychology and currently teaches criminology to adult learners. She is the author of numerous true crime tiles, including Bristol Murders, Dorset Murders, Wiltshire Murders, Hampshire Murders, Shropshire Murders, and Worcestershire Murders, and the coauthor of Cornish Murders and Somerset Murders. John Van Der Kiste has written more than 30 books, mostly royal and historical biography, local history, and true crime, as well as a novel and countless articles and book reviews.