This chilling collection of true stories delves into the villainous deeds that have taken place in Essex during the last 100 years. Cases of murder, robbery, poisoning and fraud are all examined as the shadier side of the county's past is exposed. From the brutal killing of Police Sergeant Eves at Purleigh in 1893; the murder of a Chief Constable; the tale of Sally Arsenic; the Rayleigh Bath Chair murder; the infamous Coggeshall gang, and bodysnatching, this book sheds new light on Essex's criminal history.
Compiled by a former Inspector with the Essex Police Force and illustrated with a wide range of photographs and archive ephemera drawn from the archive of the Essex Police Museum, Essex Murder & Crime is sure to fascinate both residents and visitors alike as these shocking events of the past are revealed for a new generation.
Martyn Lockwood served as a police officer with the Essex Police between 1966 and 1996, retiring in the rank of Inspector. He currently works as the Contingency Planning Manager for the force, and has been involved with the Essex Police Museum since 1991, for which he acts as Secretary to the Trustees. He also edits a local history journal and is the author of "The Essex Police Force: A History." He lives in Dunmow, Essex.