Jack William Sweet relates shocking true events and personal stories which have terrified and horrified this seemingly placid county over the centuries. Spanning one hundred and fifty years, from early nineteenth-century witchcraft to the fear of spies and tragic deaths of the First World War, he recounts mysterious tales of the Highway Robberies of 1872, a Violent Death in Crewkerne, Bigamy, and the sinister murder of John Edney by his young wife Sophia. For many, Somerset evokes images of rural charm and serenity, a pastoral oasis of calm in the south west. However, in his latest book, Jack William Sweet shows a different Somerset. There is a shocking, surprising and sometimes strange aspect to the county of his birth, the land of legend, beauty and romance.
Jack William Sweet has lived all his life in Yeovil, where he was born. After leaving the RAF in 1958 he worked for thirty four years' with Yeovil Borough Council and later the South Somerset District Council before taking early retirement. His passion for history has inspired this prolific author to write numerous articles for local publications as well as many books including Shocking Somerset Murders of the Nineteenth Century and Shocking and Surprising Somerset Stories. Although retired Jack undertakes voluntary work for the Museum of South Somerset. He is also a keen photographer and has travelled extensively.