Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The Unsolved Murder that Shocked Victorian England

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The Unsolved Murder that Shocked Victorian England

by Paul Thomas Murphy


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ISBN-13: 9781681774183
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,274,596
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Paul Thomas Murphy is the author of Shooting Victoria, a New York Times notable book. He holds advanced degrees in Victorian Studies from Oxford and McGill Universities and the University of Colorado, where he taught both English and writing on interdisciplinary topics. He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.

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Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The Unsolved Murder That Shocked Victorian England 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
The 1871 murder trial that shook England! My thanks go out to all my contacts at Pegasus Books for my copy of this collection of vampire stories! Thank you so much! On April 26, 1871, a policeman discovered a young woman in the darkness of Kidbrooke Lane in London. She was barely alive, having been beaten severely with what later proved to be a hammer used in lathe-work. She had missing pieces of skull and jaw and her brains were exposed. Five days later she succumbed to her wounds. Her words before her death indicated that Edward Pook may have been involved in her death. Pook was from a good family with both money and reputation. Jane had worked for them until just about a week before her death when she was dismissed from service. Rumor was that Jane, who was pregnant, was carrying Edward Pook’s child. This case could have easily been the OJ Simpson Trial of 1871! You had a person of some standing accused of a violent murder. Pook’s father, with the financial backing of other businessmen, hired a dream team of lawyers. The Judge in the case was criticized for controversial rulings. The lawyers’ strategy was to attack the police, not the evidence. They also disparaged the victim herself; Edward calling her “a very dirty girl.” The feeling was in the end that Edward had been found “not guilty” because of who he was. He also had a ruthless team of lawyers who didn’t blink at destroying police reputations. Also, in the end, no one was ever charged. It seems most likely that Edward was indeed guilty. Anyone who loves the details of courtroom drama or the mysteries of unsolved crime will greatly enjoy this book. It has the police investigation, the coroner’s report, trial transcripts, etc. Probably punched up a little for dramatic effect, it still checks with the historical facts. I give this human drama five stars! Quoth the Raven…
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Jane Clouson is found on Kidbrooke Lane dying after a vicious beating. She is taken to the hospital where she later dies. The police now have to find the murderer. As they look at her short life and listen to what her friends have to say they believe they have found their murderer and arrest him. Next comes the court of law and the court of public opinion. This is interesting. Mr. Murphy uses modern forensic techniques to review the case and show who the murderer is. Unfortunately, forensic science was just beginning in 1871 and what we know now is not what they knew then. Because of technicalities and a "judge" who had made up his mind, this case seems like a travesty of justice. I liked how each person is followed through the book. I also liked the synopsis of how modern forensics would prove who the murderer is as well as how the police put their case together. I like the history
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great tale and would make an amazing movie. It so much parallels what is happening today--privilege and confusion, moral outrage and class distinctions, wish over fact. This is a really great book, thoroughly researched, very well written and great story telling. A mix of gripping tale and serious work. Buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring. Didn,t even finish the last 2 chapters. Took me forever to read just what i did read. Jumps around too much with other trials.