Some of the gruesome cases in this book are better known than others, such as the inexplicable shooting of his wife and two daughters by Lock Ah Tam in 1926 and the Gorse Hall murder in 1909, which still excites aficionados of true crime and those who like a good unsolved mystery. Others are less well known, including the mysterious murder of Mary Malpas in 1835 and the crime of Frederick George Wood in Bramhall in 1922, a classic example of the pointless murder, for little or no reward, while few outside the town have ever heard the tale of the 'Congleton Cannibal.' All manner of murder and mystery is featured here, and this book is sure to be a must-read for true crime enthusiasts everywhere.
Alan Hayhurst is a former Honorary Secretary of the Police History Society. A retired bank manager, he has been researching the history of crime in Cheshire and Lancashire for 25 years. He is a 'speaker on matters criminal' to societies and clubs, and has lectured on Dr Crippen at New Scotland Yard. He has written articles on crime and criminals and assisted in the production of Hideous Crimes: The Secrets of the Black Museum, Channel 5 20/5/03. He was recommended to Sutton by Stewart Evans (murders series consulting editor) and has written the Lancashire volume in Sutton's county murder series (forthcoming October 2004). Married with two grown up children and a grandson called Jake, he lives in Timperley, Cheshire.