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In the city of Inspector Morse, when it comes to crime, truth may be stranger than fiction. This walk through the dark corridors of Oxford's past is populated with footpads and prostitutes, murderers and conmen, thieves and philanderers. Giles Brindley has searched the archives of the university, the Public Record Office, the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies and others to collect more than 100 accounts that paint a picture of Oxford's seedier side. Using contemporary court records and newspaper accounts, he brings together crime stories dating from 1750 to about 1920, including: infamous murders, hangings and dying confessions, grand and daring thefts, escapes from the county gaol, suicide in the name of love, and great drinking deaths.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750938204
ISBN-10: 075093820X
Format: Paperback
(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Nov-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Giles Brindley

Dr Giles Brindley is a member of the academic staff at Oxford, managing computer systems and other research aids for the university's paediatrics department. He has been trawling the record offices and archives of the city for two years to uncover the seedier side of Oxford's history. He lives in the city.