Edwardian Murder: Ightham and the Morpeth Train Robbery

Edwardian Murder: Ightham and the Morpeth Train Robbery

by Diane Janes


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Caroline Luard was shot near Ightham in Kent in 1908. Within weeks her husband, a respectable Major-General, committed suicide. Two years later John Nisbet, a colliery cashier, was robbed and murdered on a train in Northumberland. Police arrested a man called John Dickman, who was subsequently executed. The conviction, however, relied on circumstantial evidence. In 1950 C.H. Norman, who acted as official shorthand writer at Dickman’s trial, claimed that Dickman was framed for Nisbet’s murder. Is it conceivable that John Dickman was guilty of both murders? Or was he framed, and unjustly executed? These true crimes bear all the hallmarks of traditional English period murder: steam trains, revolvers, an isolated summerhouse, retired army officers, and parlor maids, as well as murder and love

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752449456
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Diane Janes is an author of crime novels and investigative nonfiction. Her novel Moonshadow was highly commended in the 2006 CWA Debut Daggers Award for unpublished works. 

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