Charlie Peace

Murder, Mayhem and the Master of Disguise

Ben Johnson

* Describes the political and cultural climate of Yorkshire in the Victorian age
* Investigates the little-known case of William Habron, wrongly convicted of murder
* Contains modern day photographs of many of the locations described in the story
* Features official documents such as court papers and inquest certificates
* Explores the fascinat
Date Published :
September 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
10 illustrations
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ISBN : 9781473862982
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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A devil once lived in God’s own county. A grotesque figure with many names and many faces, he could slip into the home of an unsuspecting family with the silent stealth of a cool night time breeze, and leave without a trace.

Spending his nocturnal hours limping through the dirty streets with villainy on his mind, and impishly disappearing into the industrial smoke that hung over Victorian Sheffield like a perpetual storm cloud, this was a devil who was to write his own place in the folklore of his home town.

Despite his fearsome reputation, this was a devil of flesh and blood. He was just a man, but a man with an unrivaled talent in the dark art of criminality and such was his fame for murder and mayhem, that he was the most wanted man in England for a time.

Tales of burglary, murder, daring escapes, and a truly shocking miscarriage of justice feature in this biography, along with moments of lost love, damaged pride, and violent revenge. It is a story of a man who had turned to crime through necessity, but consciously chose to continue in an ever spiraling life of wickedness.

Once immortalized in Madame Tussaud’s Chamber of Horrors, his gnarled and prematurely aged features would be the last image his victims ever saw, yet ironically, he was known by the name of Peace.

About The Author

Ben Johnson is a freelance writer, columnist and sub-editor. He currently writes for two true crime magazines, and has a first class Honours degree in Journalism from Sheffield Hallam University. It was while studying court reporting that he found his love for the dark subject of true crime, and since these days of sitting at cold, silent press benches, has been a prolific writer, with articles being published on both sides of the Atlantic.

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