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A tale of two murders : guilt, innocence, and the execution of Edith Thompson / Laura Thompson.

By: Thompson, Laura, 1964- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2018Copyright date: �2018Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.Description: 440 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781681778716; 1681778718.Other title: Tale of 2 murders.Uniform titles: Rex v. Edith Thompson Subject(s): Thompson, Edith, 1893-1923 -- Trials, litigation, etc | Bywaters, Frederick Edward Francis, 1902-1923 -- Trials, litigation, etc | Thompson, Percy, 1890?-1922 -- Death and burial | Thompson, Percy, 1890?-1922 | Thompson, Edith, 1893-1923 | Bywaters, Frederick Edward Francis, 1902-1923 | Murder -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century | Trials (Murder) -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century | TRUE CRIME / General | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology | Homicide -- London (England) -- History | Trials (Homicide) -- London (England) -- HistoryDDC classification: 364.152/30922 Summary: A Tale of Two Murders is an engrossing examination of the Ilford murder, which became a legal cause ce´le`bre in the 1920s, and led to the hanging of Edith Thompson and her lover, Freddy Bywaters. On the night of October 3, 1922, as Edith and her husband, Percy, were walking home from the theatre, a man sprang out of the darkness and stabbed Percy to death. The assailant was none other than Bywaters. When the police discovered his relationship with Edith, she--who had denied knowledge of the attack--was arrested as his accomplice. Her passionate love letters to Bywaters, read out at the ensuing trial, sealed her fate, even though Bywaters insisted Edith had no part in planning the murder. They were both hanged. Freddy was demonstrably guilty; but was Edith truly so? In shattering detail and with masterful emotional insight, Laura Thompson charts the course of a liaison with thrice-fatal consequences, and investigates what a troubling case tells us about perceptions of women, innocence, and guilt.Other editions: Reproduction of (manifestation):: Thompson, Laura, 1964- Rex v. Edith Thompson
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 431-432) and index.

A Tale of Two Murders is an engrossing examination of the Ilford murder, which became a legal cause ce´le`bre in the 1920s, and led to the hanging of Edith Thompson and her lover, Freddy Bywaters. On the night of October 3, 1922, as Edith and her husband, Percy, were walking home from the theatre, a man sprang out of the darkness and stabbed Percy to death. The assailant was none other than Bywaters. When the police discovered his relationship with Edith, she--who had denied knowledge of the attack--was arrested as his accomplice. Her passionate love letters to Bywaters, read out at the ensuing trial, sealed her fate, even though Bywaters insisted Edith had no part in planning the murder. They were both hanged. Freddy was demonstrably guilty; but was Edith truly so? In shattering detail and with masterful emotional insight, Laura Thompson charts the course of a liaison with thrice-fatal consequences, and investigates what a troubling case tells us about perceptions of women, innocence, and guilt.

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