The Bill o’Jack’s Murders: The Hunt for Suspects

Following the discovery of the murders of William and Thomas Bradbury, a frenzied search for suspects resulted in many men being detained on the basis of Reuben Platt’s description of “three Irishmen”. Many were suspected simply because they were Irish. By the time the inquest was held, there was one main suspect. But the case against him was not strong…

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The Liversedge Mystery: Who was Marion Lake?

When two young men found a woman’s body hidden in an abandoned boiler in Liversedge in 1883, most of the local people thought it was a missing girl called Marion Lake. Her story made newspapers across the country, but the body was not in fact hers. The police and the inquest proved that it could not be. But in that case, who was Marion Lake, why did she disappear, and what happened to her?

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