From the dimly lit alleyways of Whitechapel that played host to the Ripper's darkest deeds to the well-to-do streets of Belgravia where Lord Lucan was last seen, Murders of London stalks the Capital's thoroughfares, uncovering the city's violent past.
Investigating the ordinary-looking roads and buildings whose gruesome pasts are all but forgotten, David long visits crime scenes and uncovers who did what to whom - and why. What drove Joe Meek, pop's space-age pioneer, to attack his landlady? When did Ruth Ellis conceive of her plan to shoot her lover dead? How did Dennis Nilsen escape detection for so long?
What emerges is an intriguing and enigmatic picture of London's underworld: a dark, frightening, yet strangely thrilling place.
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Takes a unique geographical approach to London’s macabre past ... An interesting addition to any decent collection of books about London - The Londoneer
A deliciously dark and glossy compendium ... This is a great little book, surprisingly full of detail and very well researched. The stories are written with a humanity that is rarely found in a book of this type - Itsacrimeuk
A fascinating if slightly uncomfortable tour of the capital's most infamous crimes - Londonist
One of the joys of books like these (all right, joy may not be the most appropriate word, but the author concedes at the start of his introduction that 'everyone loves a good murder' as long as they're merely reading about it as history) is that a variety of well-known cases are included alongside several more obscure ones ... This is undoubtedly a very useful work - Bookbag.co.uk
DAVID LONG is the author of numerous books about the quirkier, lesser-known aspects of London's long history, including The Little Book of London, Tunnels, Towers and Temples: London's 100 Strangest Places, and, more recently, When Did Big Ben First Bong? He has been a writer and journalist for almost thirty years, with work appearing in the Sunday Times, the Sunday Mirror and the Evening Standard, among others.