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Investigating 19th century crime

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The Murder of the ‘Little Bobby’

The man at the heart of my latest true crime investigation is PC Nicholas Cock, the victim. He was patrolling his regular beat in the vicinity of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, when he was shot dead whilst pursuing a suspected burglar. I have been piecing together his story, which sadly was cut short.

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Motive for Murder

There really is no place quite like one’s home and, although I left Manchester in 1985, at the age of 18, to study in London, I still feel deeply connected to my city and consider myself a ‘Manc’. When I researched my first book, The Real Sherlock Holmes, about real-life Victorian detective Jerome Caminada of the Manchester City police force, it was a wonderful opportunity to re-discover my home city and find out more about its very colourful history. Recently, I’ve been writing about Manchester once again for my new book, Who Killed Constable Cock? but this time I’ve been loitering in the suburbs.

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Investigating Jack the Ripper

Despite having a keen interest in all types of Victorian crime, I have to admit that I’ve always felt bewildered by ‘Jack the Ripper’, as there’s so much already written about the Whitechapel murders and it’s hard to know where to begin. However, all that changed when I recently came face-to-face with one of the victims.

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CSI Amelia Dyer

Do you enjoy a stroll by the river? If so, join us in Reading for a tour of the crime scene, where Victorian baby farmer Amelia Dyer, disposed of her young victims. Hosted by H Division Crime Club UK, I’ll be giving my very first guided walk of the key locations connected with this sinister story.

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The Mind of a Murderer

One of the mostly frequented asked questions at my talks is whether the notorious Victorian baby farmer Amelia Dyer was mad or bad. One hundred and twenty years after her conviction, it’s difficult to comprehend her motivation for killing so many infants in her care. It was also hard for contemporary observers to understand what drove her to profit from the wholesale trade in infants and ultimately to be able to murder them with her bare hands. Her trial at the Old Bailey, held in May 1896, discussed this central issue in detail.

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