By Caroline Maxton
We are all interested in comprehend the conditions that lead others to devote unforgivable acts of violence - the instant that turns a being concerned individual right into a killer, the sequence of occasions that force usual humans to murderous acts of inhumanity, or the sluggish, premeditated steps of the callous felony. And the situations - and the twisted motivation - at the back of such violent acts are the topic of Caroline Maxton's attention-grabbing research of people whose misdeeds have tarnished the heritage of the Croydon area.She investigates a variety of murders and unexplained deaths, a few of that are actually stranger than fiction. The occasions disguise a span of numerous centuries, and the destinations should be chillingly typical to the population of Croydon. neighborhood crimes that hit the nationwide headlines, just like the Bentley case of 1952, are lined in clean aspect, however the writer concentrates on much less recognized yet both exciting, and surprising, episodes - the weird 'mustard and cress'...
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Using the name James Vincent Fitzsimmons, he had placed an advertisement in a local Scarborough newspaper that was essentially a confidence trick aimed at separating ex-servicemen from their pensions. The police saw the advertisement and went to question Dyer. He was finishing his lunch at the hotel when they arrived and initially he answered their questions. They were not satisfied with his answers, however, and demanded both proof of his identity and permission to search through his belongings.
Tom, though, was a suspect in the eyes of the police and a recent television programme about the murders pointed the finger of blame directly at him. Then there was Grace. She was seen by many, both at the time and since, as the prime suspect. She had open access to all three victims, and stood to gain financially from all three deaths, though with Edmund it was more a case of stemming the flow of her husband’s expenditure rather than a positive inheritance. Was her marriage as happy as it seemed, and was she perhaps influenced by Dr Elwell’s feelings for her?
We recognize them all. Metropolitan Special Constabulary, Croydon Sub-division 1918. Croydon Local Studies Library The Old Jail, Surrey Street. Croydon Local Studies Library Prisoners at East Croydon Station, handcuffed. Croydon Local Studies Library Many of the stories are wrapped in mystery. We may know what happened, but not why; in at least three of the cases even the murderers were unable to explain their actions. The story of Miles Vallint remains unsolved, and in the Birdhurst Rise poisonings there are many more questions than answers.