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In April 1871, a constable walking a beat near Greenwich found a girl dying in the mud – her face cruelly slashed and her brains protruding from her skull.
The girl was Maria Jane Clouson, a maid for the respectable Pook family, and who was pregnant at the time of her death. When the blood-spattered clothes of the 20-year-old Edmund Pook, alleged father of the dead girl's unborn child, were discovered, the matter seemed open and shut. Yet there followed a remarkable legal odyssey full of unexpected twists as the police struggled to build a case.
Paul Thomas Murphy recreated the drama of an extraordinary murder case and conclusively identifies the killer's true identity.
Murphy (Shooting Victoria) displays a novelist's gifts in this fascinating true crime account of an obscure 1871 London murder. Early one April morning ("just as definition and color began to bleed into the amorphous black and gray"), a constable patrolling a deserted footpath came upon a hideously wounded woman, who cried " let me die,' " before falling unconscious. It took several days for the unidentified woman to succumb to her injuries, and it was several days after that when William Trott recognized the body as his niece, Jane Maria Clouson, who was working as a maid at the time of her death. When the autopsy revealed that Jane was pregnant, Jane's relatives disclosed that she had spoken of a relationship with Edmund Pook, the son of her employer. After prematurely arresting Pook, the police scrambled to keep the case against him alive, despite its basis in hearsay evidence. Murphy captures the drama of the flawed investigation, and the legal proceedings that followed. His solution to the crime based on current forensic science is likely to be the last word on the case.