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The mile end murder : the case Conan Doyle couldn't solve / Sinclair McKay.

By: McKay, Sinclair.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, United Kingdom : Aurum Press, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: 312 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781781316436; 1781316430.Subject(s): Emsley, Mary -- Death and burial | Murder -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century | Mile End (London, England) -- History -- 19th centurySummary: "On Thursday 17 August, 1860, wealthy widow Mary Emsley was found dead in her own home,killed by a blow to the back of her head. What followed was a murder case that gripped the nation. A veritable locked room mystery, there were an abundance of suspects, from disgruntled step children concerned about their inheritance and a spurned admirer repeatedly rejected by the widow, to a trusted employee, former police officer and spy, until he was sent to prison for robbery. During the police investigation there were several twists and dramatic discoveries, as suspects sought to incriminate each other and fresh evidence was discovered at the last minute. Eventually, it led to a public trial dominated by surprise revelations and shock witnesses, before culminating with one of the final public executions at Newgate. Years later the case caught the attention of Arthur Conan Doyle, who was convinced that an innocent man had been convicted and executed for the crime. But Conan Doyle was never able to find the real murder." --Publisher description.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

In 1860, a 70 year old widow turned landlady named Mary Emsley was found dead in her own home, killed by a blow to the back of her head.

What followed was a murder case that gripped the nation, a veritable locked room mystery which baffled even legendary Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle. With an abundance of suspects, from disgruntled step children concerned about their inheritance and a spurned admirer repeatedly rejected by the widow, to a trusted employee, former police officer and spy, the case led to a public trial dominated by surprise revelations and shock witnesses, before culminating with one of the final public executions at Newgate.

This is the case Conan Doyle couldn't solve and, after confounding the best detectives for years, has finally be solved by author Sinclair McKay. Discover 'whodunit' as the real murderer is revealed for the first time exclusively in this captivating study of a murder case in the nineteenth century, a story never told before.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-306) and index.

"On Thursday 17 August, 1860, wealthy widow Mary Emsley was found dead in her own home,killed by a blow to the back of her head. What followed was a murder case that gripped the nation. A veritable locked room mystery, there were an abundance of suspects, from disgruntled step children concerned about their inheritance and a spurned admirer repeatedly rejected by the widow, to a trusted employee, former police officer and spy, until he was sent to prison for robbery. During the police investigation there were several twists and dramatic discoveries, as suspects sought to incriminate each other and fresh evidence was discovered at the last minute. Eventually, it led to a public trial dominated by surprise revelations and shock witnesses, before culminating with one of the final public executions at Newgate. Years later the case caught the attention of Arthur Conan Doyle, who was convinced that an innocent man had been convicted and executed for the crime. But Conan Doyle was never able to find the real murder." --Publisher description.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface: Conan Doyle and the Bloody Riddle (p. 1)
  • 1 The Woman at the Window (p. 5)
  • 2 'Down Among the Dead Men' (p. 11)
  • 3 'The Expression Lost' (p. 19)
  • 4 'A Most Sickening Spectacle' (p. 29)
  • 5 This Was Her Domain (p. 43)
  • 6 'Of Operations So Delicate' (p. 53)
  • 7 'I Deal in Old and New Things' (p. 63)
  • 8 'There Were Dwellings in Gardens' (p. 75)
  • 9 'I'll Serve the Old Bitch Out' (p. 83)
  • 10 'Good God, this is a Foul Plot!' (p. 101)
  • 11 I Was Not in Her Debt (p. 111)
  • 12 The Gravitation of the Blood (p. 123)
  • 13 'A Gentle Talk with You in Any Other Place' (p. 135)
  • 14 The Man who Might have Been (p. 153)
  • 15 The Spy with the Stolen Soul (p. 161)
  • 16 'His Conduct was Very Bad' (p. 169)
  • 17 The Dark Twisting Paths (p. 181)
  • 18 'To Prove the Presence of Blood' (p. 187)
  • 19 Sufficient for the Day is the Evil Thereof (p. 213)
  • 20 'The Life of a Man is too Sacred' (p. 235)
  • 21 They Brought Opera Glasses (p. 253)
  • 22 Numbered with the Dead (p. 259)
  • 23 The Fever of Fear (p. 275)
  • 24 'Sin's Long Pilgrimage' (p. 289)
  • Notes (p. 301)
  • Index (p. 307)