The Waterloo Bridge Mystery retains a preeminent position in the recollection of the public by reason of the horribleness of the details connected with it, the boldness of the scheme adopted for getting rid of the victim, and the success of the murderer in eluding the vigilance of the police.
The first British murder case to be solved using fingerprints took place in Detpford, south London, on 27 March 1905.
As well as covering every new murder in London, we are also trying to expand the database backwards in time to the 19th Century. How do we go about it? Some cases are so famous that vast amounts of information can be found easily online or in countless books, blogs and newspaper articles (Jack the […]
Last month the whole country was baffled and enthralled by the inquest into the suspicious death of GCHQ ‘spy’ Gareth Williams, who was found inside a padlocked bag at his home in Pimlico, south London. The case has chilling echoes of a murder that took place more than 150 years ago. Known as ‘The Waterloo […]
This year is the 200th anniversary of the Ratcliffe Highway murders, when seven people were killed in a gratuitous frenzy in the space of 12 days. But while 19th century Londoners would have recoiled at the mention of John Williams and his crimes, they probably mean little to the city’s present day inhabitants. Likewise the […]
The cup of tea is said to be quintessentially English. It also seems to have been the preferred tipple of the notorious wartime serial killer John Christie. So it was fitting that tea (and biscuits) were on offer for a talk by Christie expert Dr Jonathan Oates earlier this month for the Acton History Group […]