In this intriguing book Patricia Gray documents a
dozen cases of murder committed in Cornwall in
the later decades of the last century and five in
the present. Each in their time caused something
of a sensation, as murders always do in small
communities. The death sentence was still
available to judges who heard a number of these
cases, adding a further lurid quality to the public
interest in them.
The author has selected crimes which give
coverage of the whole county, including one in
the Isles of Scilly. The motive for each varies,
some the result of robberies gone wrong, others
caused by lovers’ passions, greed and jealousy. In a number
of instances the murderer faced the ultimate
penalty, in others acquittal came following lengthy
trials. The book ends with a number of murders
as yet unsolved.
The following chapters are included:
Constantine: The Invisible Man • Falmouth: A Quick Cop
• Isles of Scilly: Cruelty • Lewannick: Blue Sandwiches •
Mylor: A Heart Of Stone • Porkellis: A Promise
• St Austell: Mad or Bad? • Seaton: Frenzy • The Lizard:
The Spirit of Love • Tregonissey: Poison • Wadebridge:
Guy Fawkes’ Night • Mystery Remains: The Unsolved Cases.
Patricia Gray lives in Plymouth. She
is the author of a number of books on
local history including Graverobbers and
Bodysnatchers in Devon, also published
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 059 6, paperback, 210x148mm, 112 pages. Published August 2010.
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