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Collected Cases

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1 INTERNATIONAL DETECTIVE CASES. Brilliant Solutions By Celebrated Detectives. May 1936
New York Artvision Publishing 1936 First Edition Paperback Good 8vo 
256pp. Red covers creased at spine edge, little dusty but VG internally. Cases include: France - The Devil's Dowry (Voirbo); Belgium - Appointment with Death (Peltzer case); England - Wanted for Murder (Steinie Morrison); Scotland - Three Steps in Crimson (Jessie M'Lachlan), and crimes from Turkey, Canada, Australia, India, Rumania, Africa etc. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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2 TRUE STORIES OF TRAGEDY AND TERROR
London Odhams Press 1961 First Edition Hardcover VG Good 8vo 
304pp. Dj worn at edges. How did they happen? Whom did they affect? What were their consequences? Twenty great calamities ranging over more than six centuries. Includes chapters on The Black Death; Krakatoa Eruption; The Great Irish Famine; Gresford Mine Disaster; Pearl Harbour; Sinking of the Titanic; Loss of the R101; Captain Scott Epic; The Dreyfus Tragedy; Munich Air Disaster etc. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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3 A MEMBER OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAR. MYSTERIES OF CRIME as Shown in Remarkable Capital Crimes.
Boston Samuel Walker & Co. 1870 1st hard cover VG - finely rebound no dj 8vo 
431pp+illus. FINE binding of half calf with marbled boards, gilt line decoration to spine, gilt and maroon title label. Few pages little foxed and browned but pages mainly very clean. An excellent selection of cases illustrating the various motives and actions of the criminals and the unravelling of the mysteries that surrounded them. Twenty-nine chapters include Mystery of the Medical College - Trial of John W. Webster; The Priestly Murder; Murder of Helen Jewett; Anna Schonleben, the poisoner; The Murder of Capt. Joseph White; Abraham Thornton - a Mystery of Ancient English Law; William Corder and the Red Barn Murder; George C. Hersey - poisoner; Stephen & Jesse Boorn - Victims of Circumstantial Evidence, etc. A very attractive binding with new endpapers. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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4 A WRITER TO THE SIGNET REMARKABLE CONVICTIONS
Edinburgh William P. Nimmo 1865 First Edition Hardcover VG No dj 8vo 
viii+269pp. VG in sl. marked green cloth with red and gilt title label, spine lightly faded. Little foxing to endpapers o/w pages clean. The author states in the Preface that the majority of cases included in this volume actually occurred, although names have been changed and a few cases are composites of incidents from several known cases. His objective was to illustrate the effect of circumstantial evidence and to show how facts, of an apparently trivial and unexpected nature, turn up to bring home guilt to an accused party even in the face of an able and ingenious defence. Chapters include Murder and Concealment of the Body; Detection of Murder by Native Australians; Mistaken Identity; The Stolen Heiress; The Canine Thief; The Wholesale Forger; The Fatal Dream etc. Several cases are from the Scottish courts. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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5 ALEXANDER, Marc ROYAL MURDER.
London Frederick Muller 1978 1st hardcover VG VG 8vo 
221pp+illus. A NR FINE copy, just a little dusty on top edge. From the assassination of Edmund l in 946 up to extraordinary rumours of royal involvement in the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 - covered in a special chapter by Colin Wilson - the author investigates the sad stories of the victims of royal murders. Includes William Rufus; Thomas Becket; Prince Arthur; Edward II; Richard II; Henry VI; the Duke of Clarence; Edward V and Count Philip Konigsmark plus 'Royalty and the Ripper' by Colin Wilson. Well illustrated including coloured frontispiece. Not price clipped. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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6 ALIX, Ernest Kahlar RANSOM KIDNAPPING IN AMERICA 1874-1974. The Creation of a Capital Crime.
Southern Illinois University Press. 1979 2nd Printing hardcover NR FINE VG slightly dusty 8vo 
xxxiii+222pp. In 1874 when the first ransom kidnapping as we know it took place, the maximum penalty was only 7 years imprisonment. An analysis of every reference in the New York Times to the unlawful taking of human beings, with a short outline of each case. A wide-ranging study of the evolution of a capital crime and the tragedies that led to the change in the punishment.Among the many cases cited are those of Eddie Cudahy; Bobby Franks (Leopold & Loeb case); Lindbergh Baby Case; Bobby Greenlease; Patty Hearst etc. Index. 
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7 BAILEY, Brian THE ASSASSINATION FILE. A Casebook of Crime, Conspiracy and VIP Victims
London W.H. Allen 1991 1852272031 / 9781852272036 1st hardcover NR FINE NR FINE 8vo 
xii+179pp+illus. Sig. to rear end-paper. Ranging from the ritual sacrifice of monarchs in primitive societies to the modern political outrage of the terrorist bomb, the author documents more than two hundred treacherous killings from around the world. Chapters include Revolution and Revenge; The Age of Anarchy; War Crimes; The Hired Assassin's Trade, etc. with stories of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval; Abraham Lincoln; Tsar Alexander II; Empress Elizabeth of Austria; Archduke Ferdinand; Rasputin; Trotsky; JFK; Indira Gandhi and more. Includes Select Bibliography and Index. 
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8 BAKER, Joe & Michael Liggitt BRUTAL MURDERS IN BELFAST
Belfast Glenravel Local History Project 1999 First Edition Thus Soft Cover VG 
54pp. Illus. in text. Illustrated card covered booklet. Ink owner's stamp to endpaper. The authors present a selection of murder cases which they discovered whilst working on a local history project. They began to appear in various forms and were later published in a magazine called Belfast Murders. Because of the interest these aroused the publishers decided to re-issue the stories in booklet form. This was the first one issued and covers twenty cases. Well illustrated. 
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9 BALCHIN, Nigel THE ANATOMY OF VILLAINY
London Collins 1950 First Edition Cloth VG  Sl. Chipped Dj 8v 
256pp+illus. Small inscript. inside cover. A study of thirteen infamous villains throughout the ages including Judge Jeffreys; Marquis de Sade; G.J. Smith; Titus Oates; Richard III; Matthew Hopkins; Rasputin.  
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10 BARKER, Dudley LORD DARLING'S FAMOUS CASES
London Hutchinson 1936 First Edition Hardcover Good 
x+256pp+illus. + Pub. Cat. Blue cloth covers partly faded, little light foxing to endpapers. Sig. to e/p. A collection of infamous cases over which Lord Darling presided. Includes Chicago May; Major Armstrong; Brixton Taxi Cab murder; the Seddons; Kitty Byron; Sir Roger Casement; Naval Secrets Case; G.J. Smith; Horatio Bottomley, etc. Well illustrated with Index. 
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11 BENEDICT, Jeff & Don Yaeger PROS AND CONS. The Criminals Who Play in the NFL.
New York Warner Books 1998 0446524034 / 9780446524032 First Edition Hardcover Fine  Fine Dj 8vo 
xii+317pp+illus. They are the rich darlings of the NFL, but behind the fast cars and glamour lay stories rarely addressed by the league or the public. In a recent random sampling of NFL players, it was estimated one in five had been charged with a serious crime. Graphic and unsettling accounts of men whose off-the-field behaviour involved charges of rape, kidnapping, assault and battery, weapons possession, drug dealing, drunken driving, domestic violence and even homicide. Based on extensive research from police records, interviews with officers, attorneys, the coaches and players, a disturbing picture of American "heroes". Bibliography and Index.  
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12 BENNETT, Benjamin AND YOUR VERDICT
Cape Town Howard Timmins 1954 First Edition hardcover Sl. Marked but VG No Dj 8v 
256pp+illus. A fascinating collection of South African crimes in which the author presents all the facts and asks for the reader's verdict. Did Ionie Jackson shoot her lover by accident? Who was guilty of the murder at the 13th hole? Did a poisoner go free? Plus stories of Thomas Andrew Kerr who was tried twice for murder and wife killer Alfred von Zell. Although beige covers are marked, internally a clean copy. 
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13 BENNETT, Benjamin MURDER IS MY BUSINESS
Cape Town Howard B. Timmins 1951 First Edition Hardcover VG No Jacket 
286pp+illus. VG in brown cloth. Inscript. to endpaper but o/w a clean copy. A selection of crimes from South Africa plus cases from America's underworld. Includes Siege of the Police Barracks in Kimberley in 1913; Why Did Daisy Melker Poison her Son; Should Charles Ross have Hanged - his defence was insanity; The Eloping Lovers - Arthur Victor Kimber victim of the Maritzburg taxicab murder; Chicago's Gangland - reconstruction of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, etc. 
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14 BENNETT, Benjamin THE CLUES CONDEMN
London Hodder & Stoughton First UK Edition Hardcover VG  No Jacket 
259pp+illus. Blue cloth with sl. faded spine, endpapers little browned.Not dated but c1950s. An interesting collection of crimes from the South African writer, recounting police investigations and unrecorded incidents at the trials as leading barristers and detectives discuss their cases with him. Albert George Carr tells the author of his feelings when he was sentenced to death - the only man in South Africa to step straight into freedom from the shadow of the gallows. Also includes the first full account of the career of William Foster, South Africa's Public Enemy Number One who terrorised the Rand before his macabre death in a cave.  
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15 BIERSTADT, Edward Hale ENTER MURDERERS!
New York Doubleday, Doran & Co. Inc 1934 First Edition Cloth VG  No Dj 8vo 
xiv+302pp. Minor wear to top of spine. Eight dramatic American murder trials including chapters on The Veiled Murderess - a demented woman poisoner of the 1850s; The Clue of the Dying Ducks - a husband who was poisoned along with his neighbour's ducks; Death Draws a Triangle - a tragic love tangle; The Ship that never Returned - the 'Fairy' sailed from Bosont in 1826 and only one sailor lived to tell the tale.  
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16 BLACKWELL, Leslie MURDER, MYSTERY AND THE LAW.
Cape Town Howard Timmins 1963 1st hardcover GOOD No dj 8vo SIGNED by Author
199pp+illus. White cloth cover is very sunned on spine, little foxed on fore-edge. A cutting about Judge Blackwell is affixed inside the cover with rather browned sellotape and this has made the opposite endpaper a little stained. SIGNED inscription on endpaper 'To Jack Phelan and family from Leslie Blackwell. April 1964'. Otherwise internally pages are very clean. A wide selection of 48 chapters includes James Camb and the Body through the Porthole; The A6 Murder Trial; Hanging of Duncan Moodie; Hijacking of Adolf Eichmann; Trial of Sir Roger Casement; Felix Frankfurter; Baron de Villiers; Charles Stewart Parnell etc. 
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17 BLINDER, Martin LOVERS, KILLERS, HUSBANDS AND WIVES.
New York St. Martin's Press 1985 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 8vo 
xi+175pp. A Court psychiatrist looks at crimes of passion caused by uncontrollable love, hate or obsession and the murderers relate the events in their own words. Chapters include a woman murdered by her husband whilst sleepwalking; a mother who poisoned her sons to spare them the trauma of her own suicide - which she never carried out; Dan White who killed San Francisco mayor George Moscone and city official Harvey Milk. Most of the people concerned had no history of violence. 
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18 BLOCK, Eugene B GREAT TRAIN ROBBERIES OF THE WEST. SIGNED Presentation Copy
New York Coward-McGann 1959 First Edition Hardcover VG No Dj 8vo 
317pp. Beige cloth with red titles. Tiny address label inside cover. Signed inscription on end-paper "to my dear friend of many years - Judge Albert C. Wollenberg" from author and dated 1959. A very nice copy of this fascinating selection of cases from the wild west. Includes the Dalton Gang; The Arizona Constable; Al Jennings; The Wild Bunch; Stealing a Locomotive for $17; The Gentleman Bandit, etc. Index. 
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19 BLOCK, Eugene B. GREAT TRAIN ROBBERIES.
London Alvin Redman 1964 New & Revised Edition with additional chapter hardcover VG in sl. faded black cloth no jacket 8vo 
317pp. (1st 1959 New York - entitled 'Great Train Robberies of the West'). A fascinating study of train robberies in America from 1870 when the first occurred on the Central Pacific Railroad, to 1933 when a bandit held up the Sunset Limited and got shot for his pains. How the art of train robbery developed and why. Includes stories of the Dalton Gang; the Wild Bunch; Stealing a Locomotive for $17 and more. Some amazing tales. 
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20 BOOKER, Anton S. WILDCATS IN PETTICOATS - A Garland of Female Desperadoes
Girard, Kansas Haldeman-Julius Publications 1945 1st Edition Printed Card Covers Very Good A5 Booklet 
24pp. Green card covers are faded at edges, neatly repaired at top of spine. Small ink numbers, date and name inside cover, but otherwise pages tanned but clean. An absorbing collection of female desperadoes - Lizzie Merton, Zoe Wilkins, Flora Quick Mundis, Bonnie Parker, Katie Bender and Belle Starr. (postage will be adjusted on this light item). 
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