These long-forgotten events made headlines in their day. They include Britain's first railway murder, the first criminal to be caught using wireless telegraphy, a foreign anarchist and his trail of murder after a Tottenham factory wage snatch, a body in an Islington warehouse cellar, the shooting of a vicar in Stamford Hill, and a burned corpse in a Camden Town shed. This social and criminal history of north London makes fascinating, if grim, reading.
Geoffrey Howse delves into the crime files covering 200 years of the area's darkest past. Events covered include long forgotten cases that made the headlines in their day as well as others more famous: Britain's first railway murder, the first criminal to be caught via wireless telegraphy and the anarchists who left a trail of murder and mayhem following a raid on a Tottenham factory. There are many other cases to appeal to anyone with an interest in the local and social history of North London. AUTHOR: Geoffrey Howse, actor, author and local historian, was born in Sheffield and grew up in the village of Elsecar, amidst the great estate of Wentworth Woodhouse. He has lived in London for more than thirty years. Recent books include North London Murders, The A-Z of London Murders and two 'Foul Deeds' titles relating to the West and East End of London. ILLUSTRATIONS 35 images *