The Murder of the Whitechapel Mistress
Victorian London's Sensational Murder Mystery
Imprint: Pen and Sword True Crime
288 Pages, 6.1 x 9.2 in, 50 mono illustrations
- November 2023
- In Stock
Harriet produced two children as Henry sets her up in lodgings with an allowance as they pretended to be husband & wife. Henry’s finances then tumbled out of control and bankruptcy loomed. What happened next was a scandalous conspiracy which ended in murder, and a plot which fooled everyone into thinking that the victim had gone abroad. Henry Wainwright got away with murder for a year before a schoolboy error led to his capture.
The case ruined the lives of three families. This fast-moving story will transport to a world of polite, East End society in the mid 1870’s of Victorian London, but with a seedy underbelly.
14 years before the infamous Jack the Ripper Murders, it was the original, ‘Whitechapel Mystery’ which was probably the most sensational criminal case of the 1870’s and involves a chase through the city and across London Bridge. This story also involves Henry’s younger brother Thomas who was also involved in the conspiracy to murder Harriet Lane. The case paints a vivid picture of Victorian London.
The police investigation and Old Bailey trial is revealed in glorious detail. It’s a story of love, weakness and devious, desperate liars. It’s a rollickingly good Victorian scandal.
Written in an entertaining style, the book contains a huge amount of fascinating detail, not only of the murder but about the lives of so many of the characters in the story. It’s a huge slice of London life, 1875 style. This story deserves to be much better known and will be fascinating to anyone interested in Whitechapel or Victorian Crime.