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By Glynis Cooper

ISBN-10: 178340826X

ISBN-13: 9781783408269

The dual fascinations of dying and villainy will constantly carry us of their grim yet exciting grip. In Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Guernsey the coolness is introduced with reference to domestic as each one bankruptcy investigates the darker part of humanity in instances of homicide, deceit and natural malice. From crimes of ardour to opportunistic killings and coldly premeditated acts of homicide, the complete spectrum of illegal activity is stated right here, bringing to existence the sinister heritage of Guernsey from the center a while to the 20 th century. For this trip into Guernsey's bloody, ignored earlier, Glynis Cooper has chosen over 20 infamous episodes that provide a desirable perception into legal acts and the felony brain. Recalled listed below are the witch trials of medieval and lots more and plenty newer occasions; murderous clergymen, smugglers and pirates; ecclesiastical executions; disappearances; murders attributed to magic and extra mundane yet still impressive situations like that of the lady who collapsed and died of...

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He was not present when the injuries occurred, nor was anyone else. Although it may have been born out of desperation at her alcoholism, it appeared that Edward Hooper beat his wife. It was also difficult to understand how Edward Jnr could say that his parents ‘lived in harmony’, given his evidence; and, if they did, why he had to leave home ‘for reasons of comfort’? Why had he not helped his father to cope with his mother and the resultant domestic issues? He could have employed a maidservant to help his mother with the housework and provide company for her.

Consequently any book on foul deeds and suspicious deaths in a place like Guernsey is not going to read like those which deal with similar incidents on the British mainland. Some of these deeds and deaths occurred on Guernsey simply because it was an island full of superstition and because ancient beliefs persisted for so long. In many ways it was an island apart, which the technological innovations of mainland Britain and the cultural sophistication of the Continent passed by. The west coast of Guernsey could be as remote as the Scottish Highlands and tourists on the modern buses have great difficulty in understanding that today’s half-hour trip from St Peter Port to Pleinmont used to take two days in the eighteenth century.

The extent of collaboration between islanders and the occupying forces has caused some bitterness between the two islands. (See Madeleine Bunting, A Model Occupation, pp. 105 – 14, especially p. 111; Guernsey State Archives for 1942; Paul Sanders, The British Channel Islands under German Occupation, pp. ) St Peter Port on Guernsey shortly after the Occupation (1940 – 45) had ended. The bus station now stands where the avenue of trees can be seen close to the shore. Author’s collection Although the States Archives on Guernsey hold a number of war records and Feldkommandant’s papers, full understanding of the Occupation history of Guernsey is hampered by the withholding and embargo until 2045 of some of the Guernsey war files by the British Government.

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