Death on the Waterways
Date of publication: September 2011
Publisher: The History Press
This fascinating book delves into the darkest criminal cases to occur or be associated with the canals and inland waterways of Britain, including many high-profile murders and assaults. Author Allan Scott-Davies has put together a grisly collection of sordid tales, also taking into account deaths and murders along Britain's rivers, pools and lakes, bridges and tunnels. Among the cases feature the notorious Victorian baby farmers who used waterways to dispose of unfortunate infants, the horrific murder of Christina Collins in 1839, the inspiration for Inspector Morse's "The Wench is Dead", and the nefarious deeds of the infamous Burke and Hare who both worked on the Union Canal.
Also considering the use of canal and inland waterway crime in film and literature, this illustrated history offers a chilling glimpse into the murky depths of Britain's historical criminal underworld.