‘A secret crime’: Coercive control and the murder of Simbiso Moula

Police and local agencies were unaware of a long history of domestic abuse leading up to the death of a 39-year-old midwife. How could it have been prevented? Simbiso first met her killer when she was around 17 or 18 years old. Although Garikayi Moula was then aged 30, they… You must be a paid …

Year of the Ripper: Charlotte Whale

The small town of Isleworth in Middlesex was known for its aristocratic mansions and fruit gardens. In 1888 it was also home to a large factory run by the Pears soap company, one of a new breed of businesses in late Victorian Britain. Pears was an international giant, selling to… You must be a paid …

Year of the Ripper: Elizabeth Bartlett

Fifty-six-year-old Elizabeth Bartlett was known in her neighbourhood on the Isle of Dogs in east London as a hard working and industrious woman who ran a shop selling cakes and milk. By contrast, her husband Levi Bartlett had earned a reputation for eccentric and sometimes violent behaviour that deteriorated even… You must be a paid …

Year of the Ripper: Emily Roberts

On Saturday, October 16, 1888, twelve year-old Emily Roberts saw her mother and father quarrelling in the street outside 4 Essex Place in Hackney Road. They were both drunk. First her mother knocked her father to the ground with her hand, and father returned the favour by knocking mother to… You must be a paid …

Year of the Ripper: Jane Healey

The working class area of Rotherhithe, south London, was described by Dickens as a place where the ‘accumulated scum of humanity seemed to be washed from higher grounds, like so much moral sewage.’ It was a community based around the docks and shipyards, warehouses and factories. Two of the local… You must be a paid …