product description page

Apprentice of Split Crow Lane : The Story of the Carr's Hill Murder - by Jane Housham (Hardcover)

$17.70
MSRPReg: $26.99 Save $9.29 (34% off)
shipping to 94043
get it by Fri, Apr 27 with standard shipping.
free order pickup not available
not sold at Manhattan Herald Square

GiftNow® - give as a gift
send today or schedule it via email

about this item

A Victorian Murder. A Victorian Madman. A Modern Judgement.

Gateshead, April 1866

Five-year-old Sarah Melvin was walking along Split Crow Lane looking for her father when she disappeared. Later that night a couple walking home from the pub tripped over her body.

Sarah was the child of Irish immigrants who had been drawn to the North-east in search of work. Poor, perceived with prejudice, they quickly came under suspicion of killing their own child.

The true murderer was a misfit whose social awkwardness stopped him ever rising above apprentice. He would eventually make clear exactly why he killed Sarah - and the reason would scandalise the whole country, yet to him had a dreadful logic.

Told here for the first time, this is an extraordinary story of sexual deviance and murder, offering a chance to reassess a most unexpected judgement with new insight. In lively, empathic prose, Jane Housham explores psychiatry, the justice system and the media in mid-Victorian England to reveal a surprisingly modern state of affairs.

more to consider

  • Apartheid in Palestine : Hard Laws and Harder Experiences (Paperback)

    $59.95

  • American Heiress : The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst (Large Print)

    $19.72

  • Corporation : An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld -  by T. J. English (Hardcover)

    $18.89

  • Folly Cove : A Smuggler's Tale of the Pot Rebellion -  by Kermit Schweidel (Paperback)

    $11.52

  • Australian Desperadoes : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California

    $13.36

recommended

  • Employment Discrimination (Paperback) (Joel Wm. Friedman)

    $50.30

  • Thousands : Poems (Paperback) (Lightsey Darst)

    $11.56

  • Love Print Throw Pillow Collection - Surya

    $25.49 - $33.99

  • Garmin Vivosmart® 3 Fitness Assessment Monitor Small/Medium - Black

    $119.99

  • Five finger death pu - Wrong side of heaven/Righteous v1 (CD)

    $12.29


from the manufacturer


guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.