By Caroline Maxton
We are all attracted to comprehend the situations that lead others to devote unforgivable acts of violence - the instant that turns a worrying man or woman right into a killer, the sequence of occasions that force traditional humans to murderous acts of inhumanity, or the gradual, premeditated steps of the callous felony. And the conditions - and the twisted motivation - at the back of such violent acts are the topic of Caroline Maxton's attention-grabbing research of people whose misdeeds have tarnished the heritage of the Croydon area.She investigates quite a lot of murders and unexplained deaths, a few of that are actually stranger than fiction. The occasions hide a span of a number of centuries, and the destinations can be chillingly commonplace to the population of Croydon. neighborhood crimes that hit the nationwide headlines, just like the Bentley case of 1952, are coated in clean aspect, however the writer concentrates on much less recognized yet both interesting, and stunning, episodes - the weird 'mustard and cress'...
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The door was unlocked and she walked in to a scene that defied belief. Eliza was lying on her side, her face and throat covered in blood, as was the floor around her head. She appeared lifeless. Caleb lay not far from her, and though alive, he was in a poor state. In shock, Hannah ran outside screaming for help. She found Police Sergeant Ashley in Southbridge Road and they returned together to Collier’s Yard. Believing himself to be on the point of death, Caleb gave the police officer the only explanation he could: ‘I die for love,’ he said, quite simply.
Gordon-Tombe did arrive late, at about midnight in fact, wearing white tie, tails and a top hat so that anyone seeing him would assume he had been attending the formal dance that was being held locally that night. What he and Dyer had actually been doing required less formal attire; he had, according to Wheatley, been burning down the house on The Welcomes estate so that they could make an insurance claim against the property. They left the outbuildings untouched. He said they had placed combustible material beneath the floors of the house, set fire to it, and then, while Gordon-Tombe kept his appointment with Dennis Wheatley and the young ladies, Bill Dyer had headed for Brighton.
It came in the form of a wreath made of yellow and bronze chrysanthemums, and was carried next to his coffin at the funeral. CHAPTER 4 Kenley Stud Farm Mystery: Gordon Eric Gordon-Tombe, 1922 Then his mother had a dream . . The writer Dennis Wheatley published a series of novels based on the occult, but nothing in his books could have been stranger than the true-life story of two of his friends, Gordon Eric Gordon-Tombe and Ernest ‘Bill’ Dyer. ’ He even based one of his fictional characters, Gregory Sallust, on Gordon-Tombe.