Hanged at Durham
By (author) Steve Fielding
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Hanged at Durham by Steve Fielding
Book DescriptionFor decades the high walls of Durham Gaol have contained some of the country's most infamous criminals. Until hanging was abolished in the 1960s it was also the main centre of execution for convicted killers from all over the north east. The history of execution at Durham Gaol began with the hanging of two labourers side by side in 1869, by the notorious hangman William Calcraft. Over the next ninety years a total of seventy-six people took the short walk to the gallows - including poisoner Mary Cotton, who for over a century was the worst mass murderer in Great Britain, Gateshead's copycat Jack the Ripper, William Waddell, army deserter Brian Chandler, nineteen-year-old Edward Anderson, who murdered his blind uncle, a Teesside dock worker hanged on Christmas Eve, and a South African sailor who preferred death to ten years in prison. Infamous executioners also played a part in the gaol's history - Calcraft, who preferred slow strangulation, Marwood, the pioneer of the 'long drop', bungling butcher Bartholemew Binns, the Billingtons, the Pierrepoint family, and Doncaster hangman Stephen Wade. Steve Fielding's highly readable new book features each of the seventy-six cases in one volume for the first time and is fully illustrated with photographs, news cuttings and engravings. It is bound to appeal to anyone interested in the darker side of County Durham's history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750947503
(244mm x 172mm x 3mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Hanged at Winchester, Paperback (October 2010)
Steve Fielding's highly readable new book features each of the twenty-nine cases in one volume for the first time and is fully illustrated with photographs, news cuttings, rare documents and drawings.
Hanged at Birmingham, Paperback (November 2009)
Features each of the forty cases. This volume is illustrated with photographs, documents, news cuttings and engravings. It is of interest to everyone interested in the shadier side of the region's history.
Hanged at Manchester, Paperback (October 2008)
For years, the high walls of Manchester's Strangeways Prison have contained some of England's infamous criminals. This title features the cases of the criminals such as: Dr Buck Ruxton, who butchered his wife and maid; John Jackson, who escaped from Strangeways after murdering a prison warder; and, Chung Yi Miao, who strangled his wife to death.
Hanged at Liverpool, Paperback (June 2008)» View all books by Steve Fielding
Over the years the high walls of Liverpool's Walton Gaol have contained some of the infamous criminals from the north of England. Fully illustrated with photographs, cuttings and engravings, this title is suitable for anyone interested in the darker side of both Liverpool and the north of England's history.
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Author Biography - Steve Fielding
Steve Fielding is a former professional musician who toured Europe on many occasions, notably with 70s punk band The Stiffs. After several spells touring with an Elvis Presley stage show, he formed The Lost Boys in 1992, a band he still performs regularly with in and around Bolton. As a writer he has contributed to a number of crime publications including The Criminologist, True Crime and Master Detective. His first major work was The Hangman's Record, a trilogy detailing the history of capital punishment in the UK between 1868 and 1964. The best-selling Murderous Bolton was released in 1994 and he has also had six other books published, including four in the Countryside Books 'Murder Casebook' series and most recently Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners (Blake, 2006). After taking time out from writing to study for a degree in creative writing and training to become a teacher, in 2004 Steve featured in the Discovery Channel series The Executioners (just released on DVD) on which he worked as script consultant. Steve currently teaches literacy and numeracy to adults, alongside his writing.
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