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Derek Yarwood

Horrid Crimes Of Bygone Cheshire

Horrid Crimes Of Bygone Cheshire

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True-crime writer Derek Yarwood dips into the archives to uncover more dark tales of murder and mayhem in 18th- and 19th-century Cheshire.

A retired journalist, he has combined the newspaperman's natural instinct for a good story with his interest in local history, to produce a fascinating anthology that is based extensively on original source material.

Drawn from long-forgotten assize court files, judges' notes and inquest depositions — and with contemporary newspaper reports adding flavour to the mix — these are the most comprehensive, authenticated accounts of the cases ever published.

The villains featured here include house-breakers and highway robbers; mothers who killed their children and children who killed their parents; murderers of policemen and partners; nearly all whom ended up swinging from the hangman's rope.

This is the third instalment of the author's Cheshire true-crime series, in which he has re-visited over 200 crimes spanning four centuries. The others being "A Vintage Casebook of Cheshire Crime" and "Cheshire's Execution Files".

About the Author

Derek Yarwood is a career journalist with many years' experience, having worked on a number of newspapers in his home county of Cheshire. From 1987-1990 he was deputy editor of Cheshire Life magazine.

For much of the past three decades he has been researching and writing about the darker side of the county's history. His two previous books, Cheshire's Execution Files and A Vintage Casebook Of Cheshire Crime, both generated enthusiastic reviews.

He lives in the village of Barnton near Northwich with his wife Christine. The couple have two grown-up sons, three grandsons and four step-grandchildren.

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