In 1811 John Williams was buried with a stake in his heart. Was he the notorious East End killer or his eighth victim in the bizarre and shocking Ratcliffe Highway Murders? In this vivid and gripping reconstruction P. D. James and police historian T. A. Critchley draw on forensics, public records, newspaper clippings and hitherto unpublished sources, expertly sifting the evidence to shed new light on this infamous Wapping mystery.
This true crime novel begins amid the horror of a dark, wintry London in the year 1811. Using elegant historical detection P.D. James and police historian T.A. Critchley piece together new and unpublished sources in an original portrayal of the Ratcliffe Highway Murders.
P.D. James, the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men, here explores the mysterious and intense emotions responsible for the unique crime of murder, with authority and sensitivity. Her only work of true crime, this novel uses forensics, unpublished sources and forgotten documents to create a vivid image of early-nineteenth century London and a gripping reconstruction of the Ratcliffe Highway Murders.
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In 1811 John Williams was buried with a stake in his heart. Was he the notorious East End killer or his eighth victim in the bizarre and shocking Ratcliffe Highway Murders? In this vivid and gripping reconstruction P. D. James and T. A. Critchley draw on public records, newspaper clippings and hitherto unpublished sources, expertly sifting the evidence to shed new light on this infamous Wapping mystery.
The Maul and the Pear Tree: The Ratcliffe Highway Murders 1811 is P. D. James's only work of true crime: a historical mystery every bit as gripping as her bestselling novels.
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Book Description Constable, 1971. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP75301250
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Book Description Constable & Co. Ltd., London, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Hardcover. Spine ends and lower leading corners of boards are lightly bumped. Slightly scuffed, marked and edgeworn dust jacket. Light waterstains on upper and lower edges of jacket. Pages are clean, binding remains intact, contents are clear. T. Used. Bookseller Inventory # 436723
Book Description Constable, London, 1971. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. The dust jacket has moderate shelf wear with a couple of minor tears along the edges. The spine of the dust jacket is lightly faded. The book block is minorly tanned with light spotting on the top. Size: Size E: 8"-9" Tall (203-228mm). Bookseller Inventory # 97728
Book Description Constable, 1971. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 006254
Book Description Constable, London, United Kingdom, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Dust wrapper is price clipped. Slight fading at top of spine and one or two small creases. Book very tight, square and clean. Bookseller Inventory # 000356
Book Description Constable., 1971. Hardcover / Hardback. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First edition. Hardback. "The Ratcliffe Highway Murders were to the Regency what Jack the Ripper was to Victorian London, a sensation comparable in our own day to 10 Rillington Place." The scene is in the London docks, on the borders of Wapping, a sinister and cosmopolitan neighbourhood where pirates were hanged at low water mark and left till 3 tides had flowed over them, and the rattle of a dead man's chains when the tide surged in was just a reminder of the realities of life. The first victims were a household of 4, 2 innocent and hardworking young parents, their baby and shop boy. 12 days later, and in the next parish, an equally blameless middle-aged publican was found, together with his wife and servant, murdered with equal brutality and apparent absence of motive. 7 murders in the space of 12 days. The case ended with the macabre parade of the decaying corpse of a young seaman, John Williams, through the streets of East London, to be buried at a crossorads with a stake through its heart, an act of public vengeance unique in the history of English criminal law. But was John Williams guilty? Was he murderer or victim? Did he, as alleged, die by his own hand? Were the Home Secretary and the magistrates convinced of his guilt? Or was there a more sinister reason for the extaordinary suddenness with which the official investigation was brought to an end? Illus., Map eps, Bibliog. + People in the Case. 234pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in vg+ dw. which has faded sp. ie loss of title lettering and author's name. Bookseller Inventory # 1734
Book Description Constable, London, 1971. Hard cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st British edition, 1st Printing. The book condition is NF, very light bumping to heel of spine. The dust jacket is NF, edgewear. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # t8490
Book Description Constable, 1971. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Slight foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. Dust Jacket worn at edges, small chips and tears. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Edges browned slightly. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: True Crime; England; 19th century; History. ISBN: 0094580200. ISBN/EAN: 9780094580206. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 22647. For further info on this title, click on the "Ask Bookseller a Question" button directly underneath this listing. We will reply within 24 hours. Otherwise you can order right now (inclusive of shipping options) from the "Add to Basket" button to the right. Bookseller Inventory # 22647