Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder, Paul Thomas Murphy
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Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder

Author: Paul Thomas Murphy

Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds

Unabridged: 8 hr 59 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 04/11/2016

Genre: History - Europe - Great Britain

Includes: Bonus Material


A vivid and violent investigation into the first unsolved murder case of the Victorian Era, by the author of the New York Times Notable Book Shooting Victoria On April 26th, 1871, a police constable walking one of Londons remotest beats stumbled upon a brutalized young woman kneeling on a muddy roadgashes were cloven into her skull, her left cheek was slashed open and smashed in, her right eye was destroyed, and above it a chunk of the temporal bone had been bashed out. The policeman gaped in horror as the woman held out her hand before collapsing into the mud, muttering let me die and slipping into a coma. Five days later, she died, her identity still unknown. Within hours of her discovery on Kidbrooke Lane, scores of the officers of the Greenwich Division were involved in the investigation, and Scotland Yard had sent one of its top detectives, John Mulvany, to lead it. After five days of gathering evidence, the police discovered the girls identity: Jane Maria Clouson, a maid in the house of the renowned Pook family and she was two months pregnant with Edmund Pooks child when she died. Murphy carefully reviews the evidence in the light of twenty-first-century forensic science in order to identify Janes killer as Edmund Walter Pook. Using a surprisingly abundant collection of primary sources, Murphy aims to re-create the drama of the case as it unfolded, with its many twists and turns, from the discovery of the body to the final crack of the gaveland beyond.

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