By Molly Whittington-Egan
Tales macabre and stories weird and wonderful. them all with homicide in brain. this is often one other evocative and hugely readable sequence of homicide situations from criminologist Molly Whittington-Egan which follows on from her first quantity of Scottish homicide tales. Written in an often witty and irreverent kind, those tales make sure that whereas the realm has strikes on, the human brain nonetheless offers with homicide within the usual model with causes that have infrequently replaced through the years. the nineteen stories are: 1. The Stockbridge Baby-Farmer. 2. i'm Gall, three. The Half-Mutchkin. four. To the Lighthouse. five. Mr Kello's Sunday Morning carrier. 6. The Whiteinch Atrocities. 7. loss of life of a Hermit. eight. The Light-Headed Cutty. nine. The Postman Knocked. 10. Brutality. eleven. Rurality. 12. The Northfield secret. thirteen. Blue Vitriol. 14. The Battered Bride. 15. The Babes within the Quarry. sixteen. The toxic Puddocks. 17. The Tram journey. 18. The teeth Fiend. 19. The Icing at the Shortbread.
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It was, in reality, a house of ill repute, but it turned out that all the apartments were occupied, and they could not gain admittance. Directly across the street at 82 South Bridge was Mrs Mary McKinnon’s similar establishment. Henry Kerr had been there before, in 1817. Madame was out visiting, but some girls opened the door willingly enough and the tipsy, noisy party streamed into the dark, candle-lit rooms, rather overwhelming, swamping, the outnumbered occupants, all female. The attendant harpies were Mary Curly, Elizabeth MacDonald, a stout woman of uncertain temper, and Elizabeth Gray.
Chrissie, who was in the kitchen, heard this exchange and merely remarked that she was a damn fool and was going to make an effort to stop the drinking. Howsoever they all made light of it at the tea-party, the happening that night, if it did take place, had been truly appalling. Queen speaks: ‘I was sleeping and was wakened up with a noise. I did not see anybody in bed, and I then got up and lit the gas to see what the noise was. I saw Chris sagging at the knees against the door, and I saw the two ropes, with a rope twisted round her neck.
Several of the women restrained her. Kerr told her that he would have thought she had more sense. She did not recognize him from his previous visit, and said nothing. He spoke to his friends in the passage – Welsh was restraining Wilkinson. Then he saw Howat keeping the women at bay. There were no cries: it was quiet. As Kerr saw it happen, Mary McKinnon aimed a blow at Howat with her right hand, which she raised above her shoulder, making a sweep until the blade reached his left side. It was a ‘back blow’ with the point of the knife turned downwards.