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ISBN: 9780857041210
AUTHOR: Mike Holgate
Murder & Mystery on the Titanic
Murder & Mystery on the Titanic
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The Titanic disaster of April 1912 not only claimed over 1500 souls but blighted the lives of 700 survivors forever. Murder & Mystery on the Titanic looks back at the world’s greatest ever maritime tragedy in this fascinating collection of stories recalling criminal activities and enduring mysteries surrounding many of the personalities on board the so-called ‘unsinkable’ vessel.

Tragedy continued to dog the careers of several members of the ship’s crew who were later lost at sea on active service, although John Priest was luckier than most, surviving many other shipwrecks before abandoning life at sea when branded a ‘Jonah’ by his shipmates.

Criminals who travelled on the ill-fated liner included convicted killers George McGough and William Mintram, whilst professional gambler and cardsharp George Brayton was one of several survivors who later committed suicide.

Children’s nanny Alice Cleaver became embroiled in controversy for abandoning a baby to die on the ship amid allegations that she had been previously tried for the death of her own child. Another passenger,Oskar Palmquist was plucked from the ocean only later to drown in a shallow pool – allegedly murdered by a love rival.

Twenty years after the tragedy, helmsman Robert Hichens was jailed for attempted murder still haunted by memories of the sinking that had been foreseen in premonitions experienced by many, long before the Titanic sailed.

All these and many other extraordinary stories are revealed in this remarkable book.

Mike Holgate lives in Torquay, South Devon, and has combined three careers as an author, musician and librarian since obtaining an honours degree from Plymouth University. He is a regular contributor to Devon Life Magazine and the author of several books including two about the notorious murderer and one-time GWR employee John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee – ‘The Man They Could Not Hang’. He is author of Murder & Mystery on the GWR republished in hardback by Halsgrove.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 121 0, hardback, 210x148mm, 136 pages. Published October 2011.

SS Schiller - The Victorian Titanic (pdf e-book)SS Schiller - The Victorian Titanic (pdf e-book) - £24.99
The story of SS Schiller meticulously researched by Keith Austin which sank off the Isles of Scilly in 1875. Much of what occurred echoes the loss of the Titanic - a tragedy waiting to happen. The Schiller is one of hundreds of ships that have been lost upon the notorious reefs around the Isles of Scilly – yet few others called upon the islanders to exhibit such selfless courage and compassion. Along with the Schiller this is their story
Murder & Mystery on the Great Western RailwayMurder & Mystery on the Great Western Railway - £9.99
Fascinating and compelling stories of murder and mystery that took place on the Great Western Railway in its heyday in Victorian times, by Mike Holgate. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Devon Ghosts & LegendsDevon Ghosts & Legends - £8.99
Among the anonymous grey monks, white ladies, limping nuns and headless horsemen that haunt the county, Devon has a host of highly recognisable celebrity ghosts as shown in this veritable Who’s Who of phantoms by Mike Holgate
Web Price: £12.99
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