By Dr Jonathan Oates
The dual fascinations of dying and villainy will regularly carry us of their grim yet exciting grip. In Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Lewisham and Deptford the nippiness is introduced on the subject of domestic as each one bankruptcy investigates the darker part of humanity in instances of homicide, deceit and natural malice dedicated over the centuries during this region of London. From crimes of ardour to opportunistic killings and coldly premeditated acts of homicide, the complete spectrum of criminal activity is acknowledged, bringing to lifestyles the extra sinister heritage of Lewisham and Deptford from the 16th century onwards. For this trip into the bloody, missed prior, Jonathan Oates has chosen over 20 infamous episodes that provide a desirable perception into felony acts and the legal brain. the tale of 1 of the main recognized unsolved murders in background, of the good playwright Christopher Marlowe in Deptford in 1593. is via a list of heinous crimes of each description - political conspiracies, gang...
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Secondly, although there have been many murders in Lewisham since 1938, I have thought these to be too recent as they are still in living memory for some. They are also too numerous. Finally, there is far more information available about earlier crimes because police files and other official data can be examined by researchers, unlike more recent and thus confidential information. The book does not aim to be comprehensive, even within the limited time span which has been set. I have chosen cases which are varied and which are of interest.
Lawyers would act for the Crown and for the defence, but the decision, though guided by the judge, was in the hands of the jury of twelve men. However, and increasingly as the nineteenth century went by, Lewisham criminals appeared first at Greenwich Magistrates’ Court. Evidence was given by witnesses and the jury would determine if the prisoner was to be charged, and if so, with what. If there was enough evidence, he would then be remanded for appearance from 1834 onward at the Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey, in central London.
It will probably never be entirely cleared up, as with the case of Jack the Ripper (discussed in Chapter 13). But some of the misconceptions can, at least, be dealt with. Marlowe and his death are certainly well known in fiction and fact. The novel A Family Arsenal (1976) by Paul Theroux contains the following snatch of dialogue: ‘Deptford! ’ ‘It’s not too bad’, said Brodie … ‘Deptford! ’ Murf said, ‘Well, it’s a rough area’. It certainly was. Moreover, in the film, Shakespeare in Love (1998), set in 1593, Marlowe is one of the characters (played by Rupert Everett), but only appears in two scenes.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Lewisham & Deptford by Dr Jonathan Oates