TRIAL OF PERCY LEFROY MAPLETON

Author: Wood (Adam) Ed. by :
Year: 2019
Publisher: Mango Books
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: New/New
ISBN: 9781911273295
Price: 25.00
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Hardback. Notable British Trials Series No. 86. SIGNED. The case of Percy Lefroy Mapleton was a comedy of errors, from his pocketful of Hanoverian medals and his ludicrous attempts at disguise to his delusional relationship with the actress Violet Cameron and the pathetic episode in which his victim's watch chain was spotted hanging limply out of his shoe. One witness at Lefroy's trial claimed to have seen the attack itself from her cottage, despite being a hundred yards away, idly looking through a window as the train hurtled past. Another was adamant that Lefroy had been wearing a particular style of hat on the day of the murder, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary; it transpired that the headwear stated matched that worn by Lefroy in a sketch produced for a wanted poster, when Lefroy's name had, finally, been on everybody's lips. The limelight had taken some time to come to rest on Lefroy, but the often unflattering revelations of the six months between murder and trial only hinted at the trajectory of Lefroy's twenty-one years; it would be fair to say that he had led a dramatic life. By contrast, the victim in this story, sixty-four year old Mr Frederick Isaac Gold, was a successful businesman and a pillar of the community in the leafy Sussex suburbs. The lives of Frederick Isaac Gold and Percy Lefroy Mapleton could hardly be more dissimilar; yet it was almost fated that they should meet. And on the afternoon of Monday 27 June 1881, they did - in the most tragic of circumstances. This book reproduces the testimony given at the trial, together with an Introduction, Chronology, Appendices and Index. Illus. 341pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. A fairly heavy book which will require additional postage if shipped overseas. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. New

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