Murders of London by David Long
In the Steps of the Capital's Killers

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A 'black plague' guide to London's most captivating crime scenes.
 
The third title in the series that has brought us Derelict London and London's Lost Rivers, David Long's Murders of London is a new and intriguingly macabre way of discovering and exploring the capital.
 
Taking 60 of the city's most fascinating and most infamous murders from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, David Long visits the scene of each crime and tells the story of what happened to whom, at whose hands, and -- where known -- why.
 
Hot on the heels of Jack the Ripper and Lord Lucan we stalk the dimly lit alleyways of Whitechapel and the well-heeled streets of Belgravia; Ruth Ellis takes us to a pub in Hampstead and Alexander Litvinenko's assassins to a sushi bar in Piccadilly. Less well-known murderers haunt bridges and tube stations, hotels and theatres, but more often than not ordinary-looking roads and buildings whose gruesome past is almost forgotten. We find out what drove people to dark and violent acts, how crimes were discovered and mysteries solved. Above all, we track the evolution of a city whose underworld has always had a strange power to frighten and yet entertain.
 
 Featuring maps and photos to help you plan your own murder walk, Murderous London is the perfect guide to the city's shadiest, most enigmatic haunts.
 

About David Long

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David Long is the author of numerous books about the quirkier, lesser-known aspects of London's long history, including The Little Book of London, Towers and Temples: London's 100 Strangest Places, Tunnels, and When Did Big Ben First Bong? He has been a writer and journalist for almost thirty years, with work appearing in the Sunday Times, the Sunday Mirror, and the Evening Standard, among others.
 
Published June 4, 2012 by Random House Books. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel.

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Among the former are that of Franz Müller, who had the melancholy distinction of being the victim of the first recorded railway murder in Britain in 1864, and the pathetic story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged for murder in 1955 and whose fate almost certainly did much to advance the t...

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