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Investigating 19th century crime

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The Game’s Afoot!

It is three years since the publication of my biography of Detective Jerome Caminada, The Real Sherlock Holmes, and it has been an incredibly exciting adventure. When the book was published, it sparked a debate over whether this real-life Victorian detective could have been inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories.

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Murderous March

I was preparing a talk on Murder at Reading Gaol recently, when I realised that all the heinous events I was researching had a link with March. Not only were there trials and executions, but also some of the worst murders in the town’s history took place during this inauspicious month.

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Confession of a Killer

In February 1879, convicted murderer Charlie Peace faced the death sentence for killing his former lover’s husband. Whilst he was waiting for his execution on 25 February, he made an astonishing revelation and committed to a crime for which someone else had already been convicted.

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Shanklin’s Secret Smugglers

I am very fortunate to spend time regularly on the Isle of Wight, especially in Shanklin where we have a small house. The village, with its historic thatched pubs and sandy beach, was one of the main centres of island smuggling in the past, and there are still traces of its secret history present today.

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