Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Author’s booked for Victorian crime talk

ON March 30, 1896, a bargeman hooked a parcel from the river Thames at Caversham.

ON March 30, 1896, a bargeman hooked a parcel from the river Thames at Caversham.

Inside the brown paper package was the body of a baby girl — she had been strangled with tape.

When two more tiny bodies were found in a carpet bag, the police launched a nationwide hunt for a serial killer.

A faint name and address on the sodden wrapping provided detectives with their first clue. But could they catch this heartless baby farmer before more infants met with a similar fate?

Such is the premise of Victorian crime author Angela Buckley’s new book,



Amelia Dyer and the Baby Farm Murders
.

Previously the author of true-life police biography

The Real Sherlock Holmes
, Angela will be giving a talk on her work at Woodcote Library on Thursday (April 21) from 7pm to 9pm. The event is being held to mark World Book Night, which takes place on Saturday, April 23.

A spokesman for the library said: “This will be a free event but space is limited. Please contact the library on (01491) 682323 or email woodcote.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk to reserve a place.”



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