BATTERED BODY BENEATH THE FLAGSTONES


BATTERED BODY BENEATH THE FLAGSTONES

MICHELLE MORGAN    Book Number: 86649    Product format: Hardback

Narrated with a flair for storytelling, this collection of 19th century scandals, some amusing, others tragic, is a rollicking read. The sad story of Sarah Guy, driven into prostitution by her father and incarcerated in a four-foot-high shed for almost a year by cab-driver Frederick Burt, is a psychological puzzle. Burt was acquitted in court for lack of evidence, but public feeling ran high. Trigamy was a popular tabloid preoccupation, and in Indiana Peter Giles was accused of it by three women who discovered he had been involved with them simultaneously and wanted revenge. In Weymouth in 1897, 90-year old Priscilla Guppy made a deathbed confession to a long-ago brothel murder and revealed that her accomplice had established their alibi by turning the clock back: not just an invention of Agatha Christie, then. Mabel Love was a popular young teenage actress at the Gaiety Theatre when she disappeared in 1889. A private detective discovered she had been seen on Euston Station looking at trains to places beginning with a D and correctly guessed she had gone to Dublin, flouncing off in a huff after an argument with her mother. A few months later she jumped into the Thames, possibly as a publicity stunt, and sure enough she went on to a glittering career. When Edward Oxford shot at Queen Victoria in 1840, there were chaotic scenes as the man who wrested the gun from him was accused of the crime before the real perpetrator was identified. A collection of extraordinary stories. 336pp.
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