Foul Deeds & Suspicious Deaths in and Around Mansfield by Geoffrey Sadler

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A younger woman WAYLAID AND BATTERED with a hedge stake whereas returning domestic from Mansfield on a hot summer season night. 4 relations BUTCHERED in a blazing condominium simply off advertisement road. An previous farmer time and again SPEARED through a hayfork within the mire of a rural farmyard. A drunken housewife stumbled on MURDERED IN A HAYSTACK at Worksop, a RAZOR KILLING and SUICIDE on Nottingham street, and the mysterious woman's skeleton came across within the break of Sherwood Colliery tip. those, and different situations targeted right here, express how frequently VIOLENT loss of life has visited Mansfield and North Nottinghamshire some time past. Drawing on 2 hundred years of stated crime in Mansfield and the encircling region, this account unearths the awful CATALOGUE of foul deeds, the diversity of deadly guns used – from a hedge stake to a mohair bootlace – and the age-old reasons of GREED, JEALOUSY, forbidden wants and thwarted love that experience so frequently led women and men to homicide.

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Pen and Sword Books Ltd incorporates the Imprints of Pen & Sword Aviation, Pen & Sword Maritime, Pen & Sword Military, Wharncliffe Books, Pen & Sword Select, Pen and Sword Military Classics and Leo Cooper. uk Table of Contents FOUL DEEDS AND SUSPICIOUS DEATHS SERIES Title Page Copyright Page Introduction CHAPTER 1 - He Could Not Tell What Possessed Him 1817 CHAPTER 2 - A Jealous Lover 1877 CHAPTER 3 - Where is Old Jack? ’ The proud claim has been made for many years, and is still encountered today on direction signs approaching this historic Nottinghamshire town, although nowadays the built-up area of Mansfield and its outlying district reveals rather less evidence of the surrounding woodland.

About 7 pm Shippam left the stall in the company of two other men, described by Baxter as ‘Mr Hitchcock and another friend’, and the stand-in stallholder watched them go into Wood’s Black Boy Liquor Vaults, just off the Market Place and close to the Angel Yard on West Gate. ’ Not long afterwards, Baxter sold a crab from the stall, and went over to the Black Boy vaults to give Shippam the money. ’ Baxter then left the premises. Bentinck Memorial, Market Place, where ‘Old Jack’ worked as a market trader.

Saville found a broad wound on the right side of the head which extended seven or eight inches downward, with a closely matching gash in the left temple. He also found that Hardy’s windpipe had been cut across. ’ The only comfort to be drawn from the whole appalling business was that George Hardy must have died almost at once. The stakes and the broken fork were handed over to the police, who, on inspecting the body, found that Hardy’s pockets had been turned out and money taken. Superintendent Sanford, meanwhile, had begun to question Mrs Hardy and the servants.

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