New PDF release: Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in the Cotswolds
By Nell Darby
"Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths within the Cotswolds explores the darkish background of this famously picturesque area of britain. at the back of the picture-postcard idyll, lifestyle during this principally rural quarter observed murders, beatings, jealousy and alcohol-fuelled crimes. Nell Darby's publication examines a variety of those surprising occasions in vibrant element. Drawing on modern assets, newspapers and criminal files, she offers a desirable perception into lifestyles and dying within the unusually turbulent previous of the Cotswolds. The situations she reconstructs come from everywhere in the quarter - the cities, the villages, the nation-state. They exhibit how Cotswold humans performed violent crimes despite their place and upbringing - from unemployed farmers' sons to knowledgeable surgeons, darkish deeds have been devoted by way of contributors from all walks of existence. in addition they demonstrate the felony outcomes of greed, insanity, malice, carelessness and drink. girls have been concerned nearly as frequently as males, as sufferers and as...
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Charles Beale had spent six months as a prisoner at Northleach. He went in healthy, but came out with badly diseased lungs – and with four other recently discharged prisoners, he complained about the treatment he had received whilst incarcerated. When he gave evidence to the inquiry, his final words were that if he died, it would be because he had been murdered by the treatment given to him in Northleach. Charles Beale was born in 1818 in Cheltenham, the son of Nathaniel and Alice Beale. He was from a poor family.
I would finally like to thank John, Jake and Eva Darby for their patience in bearing with me whilst I disappeared off to the archives for days at a time – this book is for them. CHAPTER 1 Nothing to Convict Them: The Murder of the Frenchman 1834 Francois Jacques Rens was a Frenchman who came to stow-on-the-Wold to work and live a quiet English life. He ended up a victim of violence, robbed and murdered for his gold watch. He was also a victim of the economic misery, boredom and envy that permeated the lower echelons of stow society in the nineteenth century.
CHAPTER 2 Worked Enough to Kill a Horse: The Northleach Prison Inquiry 1842 On Monday, 10 October 1842, a sawyer named Charles Beale died at his father’s house in Burton Street, Cheltenham, of tuberculosis. He was just twenty-three. His illness and subsequent death sparked an inquiry into the conditions at Northleach House of Correction that shook the Government and people across Victorian England. Charles Beale had spent six months as a prisoner at Northleach. He went in healthy, but came out with badly diseased lungs – and with four other recently discharged prisoners, he complained about the treatment he had received whilst incarcerated.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in the Cotswolds by Nell Darby