On October 24, 1890 a clerk finds a dead woman in the middle of the road, her arms lacerated, her face bloodied, her windpipe and ligaments cut clean through. Later that night, a Constable finds a bloody bassinet leaning against a residential gate, and the following morning, a hawker finds a dead baby hidden underneath a nettle bush. Eventually the police connect the corpse to the bassinette and the baby, and later to a 24-year-old woman named Mary Eleanor Pearcey (nee Wheeler), and so begins the story of the Hampstead Tragedy. Woman at the Devil’s Door is the meticulously researched and expertly retold story of one of England’s most sensational fin de siècle murderesses.
The story of the Hampstead Murders is exactly what people think of when they complain that “we don’t get good murders nowadays.” Sarah Beth Hopton’s biography of Mrs. Pearcey, focusing mainly on her crimes but also on her mysterious life, gives us dramatic insight into the seamy side of ordinary life in late-Victorian London.
You were terrific in your role on Investigation Discovery. Very compelling presentation on your part.
Can’t wait to read it!
Yeah! Can’t wait to get my nose in this book!
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