Author: Clarke (Kate) Ed. by:
Year: 2018
Publisher: Mango Books
Signed by the author
Edition Details: 1st Limited Numbered Edn.
Book Condition: New/New
ISBN: 9781911273271
Price: 25.00
Hardback. Notable British Trials Series No. 85. LIMITED EDITION, NUMBERED AND SIGNED. The trial of Louise Masset for the murder of her son Manfred was opened on Wednesday December 13, 1899 at the Old Bailey, and it ran for 5 days. The story that unfolded was disturbing, and certain aspects of it remain unresolved. Who were the two strange women with whom Louise said she had arranged to hand over her son? Were they real or fictitious - and, if they did exist, were they operating as baby farmers? Louise Masset insisted that she had caught the 4.00pm train to Brighton on the day of Manfred's murder, even though a cloakroom assistant had testified to seeing her at London Bridge Station at about 7.00pm that Friday evening. At the trial, this crucial point of disagreement in the evidence was aired and explored. If she really had caught the earlier train, she could not have murdered Manfred. If, however, she caught the 7.00pm train, then she could have been the killer after all. Louise Masset was found guilty of the murder of her son and was hanged on January 9, 1900, the first person to be executed in England in the 20th century. This book reproduces the testimony given at the trial, together with an Introduction, a Chronology and Appendices. Illus. + List of the Notable British Trials Series. 261pp. 8vo. h/back. Limited Numbered Edn. this being 7/25. SIGNED BY THE EDITOR. New. May require additional postage if shipped overseas.

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