Bad Companions: Six London Murderesses Who Shocked the World by Kate Clarke

By Kate Clarke

This publication positive factors the instances of six London ladies, each one very diverse in temperament, age, and standing, who resorted to homicide. Their purposes have been various: in relation to the surly maid Kate Webster, sheer mood turns out the most likely reason; avarice appeared to spur Catherine Wilson to homicide an predicted seven occasions; desperation to pay for the maintenance of her two-year-old son lay at the back of Sarah Drake’s crime; seductive younger prepare dinner Eliza Fenning was once accused of serving poison together with her dumplings; evil mistress Elizabeth Brownrigg whipped her servant to loss of life in a home-built dungeon; and at last, the vicious Catherine Hayes persuaded lovers—one of whom used to be her personal son—to decapitate her husband in an orgy of violence. This interesting research explores those instances intensive, and divulges even if those girls have been tragic, misunderstood, or simply undeniable depraved.

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Sophisticated tracking devices ensured their every movement was monitored and any variation on the well-planned routes and daily schedules would immediately be flagged up to the highly trained command teams. The cash boxes used to carry money by foot from the vehicles to their eventual destination during the various stops on each round were fitted with ink canisters designed to render the currency worthless if tampered with by would-be thieves, making smash-and-grab attempts pointless. The only point at which cash was freely handled was in the sanctuary of the well-guarded depots, the hubs at the centre of the Securitas empire.

Resources were poured into the case as police, no doubt under pressure from out-of-pocket bank chiefs, pushed for a positive result. They were dealing with a well-drilled team of crooks but, fortunately for detectives, this was not a flawless crime. The crew responsible for the robbery were undone by a silly mistake. When they fled Dumbreck Road, abandoning the bank van, they left behind the uniforms they had adopted to help them avoid drawing attention to themselves as they lay in wait at Ibrox.

Those convictions took place a decade after the Aberdeen raid and Grampian Police detectives returned to the limelight in 2008 to issue a fresh appeal for help in cracking their own case. The file remains open although the hopes of ever gaining a conclusion by bringing suspects to court remain a fading dream for those who were left stumped by a carefully choreographed and perfectly executed heist. 2 The Ibrox Open Goal It was described at the time as Scotland’s biggest bank robbery and one of the best planned the country had ever seen.

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