TRUE CRIME UK INTERVIEWS

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ANGELA BUCKLEY

Author

On 6 December 1886, Arthur Foster leaves the Queen's Theatre, Manchester with a pocket full of gold and a lady bedecked with diamonds on his arm. He hails a hansom cab unaware that a detective has been trailing him as he crisscrossed the streets of the city. As the cab pulls away, the detective slips inside and arrests the infamous 'Birmingham Forger.'

The detective is Jerome Caminada, legendary policeman and real-life Victorian super-sleuth. A master of disguise with a keen eye for detail and ingenious methods of detection, Caminada is at the top of his game, tracking notorious criminals through the seedy streets of Manchester's underworld. Relentless in his pursuit, he stalks pickpockets and poisoners, unscrupulous con artists and cold blooded murderers.

His groundbreaking detective work leads to the unravelling of classic crime cases such as the Hackney Carriage Murder in 1889, secret government missions and a deadly confrontation with his arch-rival, a ruthless and violent thief. Caminada's compelling story bears all the hallmarks of Arthur Conan Doyle and establishes this indefatigable investigator as one of the most formidable detectives of the Victorian era and The Real Sherlock Holmes

May 17, 2021

About the Interview

Angela Buckley discusses her book The Real Sherlock Holmes

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MO LEA

Author/ Yorkshire Ripper Survivor

As a survivor of a brutal attack by the Yorkshire Ripper, this book gives fresh insight into the consequences of being labeled a victim of this notorious serial killer.

Mo Lea was followed home and attacked by Peter Sutcliffe, who hit her over the head repeatedly with a hammer. She was stabbed with a screwdriver leaving her with life threatening injuries. The book reveals how Mo has wrestled with the past, struggling to come to terms with the well-trodden, morbid narrative. She has written a new, fresh perspective for the present day.

Her writing offers an alternative account, one which repositions her as a survivor with a success story. While sympathy has its place for the victims, this book gives insight into processes of recovery and success. Mo had no control over unwanted media interventions. Sometimes the Ripper story would appear on the morning news while she was getting ready to go to work. She learnt to contain her anxiety but she could neither predict or escape these uncomfortable moments that reminded her of her past trauma.

April 2, 2021

About the Interview

Mo Lea  discusses her book Facing the Yorkshire Ripper

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KEVIN TURTON

Author

Yorkshire born and living in Northamptonshire I have been involved in writing true crime for over twenty years. I tend to focus on murder cases between 1850-1960. The aim always to tell a good story, understand the characters involved and, where possible, give a personal view of the case and those affected. For me it is essential to be very aware of just how much a murder case, regardless of time past, would have impacted upon family and friends.  Murder, by its very nature, is an appalling crime. It is also often hard to understand. My intention when I begin writing is to do justice to the known facts and tell a truthful, factual story.

April 1, 2021

About the Interview

Kevin Turton discusses his book Britain's Unsolved Murders

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MARK STEVENS

Author

I'm an archivist who writes history books about mental health.

My first book, Broadmoor Revealed, is an introduction to the Victorian hospital and some of its patients.

My second book is called Life in the Victorian Asylum. It provides an immersive experience in the day-to-day world of Victorian public asylums, including Broadmoor

March 30, 2021

About the Interview

Mark Stevens discusses his book Broadmoor Revealed

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STEPHEN WADE

Author

Stephen Wade was born in Leeds and educated at the universities of Wales and Leeds.
He taught in further and higher education for many years, and this was followed by six years as a writer working in prisons. He has written over fifty books, mainly in non-fiction, and he also lectures part-time at the University of Hull

In Stephen Wade's casebook, Murder in Mind he looks at his favourite investigations in his home county of Yorkshire, rich with villainous acts, painstaking investigations and outright injustices. Read about Leeds' most notorious female killer Louie Calvert and why he believes her conviction and hanging could have been a travesty; famous hangmen, Chartist rebels, and the many cases open to fresh investigation such as those of Bill o' Jacks, Mr Blum and Emily Pye

March 23, 2021

About the Interview

Stephen Wade  discusses his book Murder in Mind 

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PETER BLEKSLEY 

Author/ TV / RETIRED DETECTIVE UK

Peter Bleksley was a founder member of Scotland Yard's undercover unit in the 1980s. He is now a director and co-owner of a business intelligence company. Peter Bleksley is known for his work on Ripper Street (2012), Murphy's Law (2003) and Guerrilla (2017).

FEBRUARY 11, 2021

About the Interview

PETER BLEKSLEY discusses his book MANHUNT

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MARK RUSSELL

Author

The officially unsolved murder of Julia Wallace in Liverpool on 20th January 1931 is one of the classic cases of British true crime. The day before the murder a telephone message was left at the Liverpool Central Chess Club for William Wallace (who was a member). It involved an appointment with a possible business client for Wallace (who was an insurance collector) and instructed him to call at the address 25 Menlove Gardens East the following evening at 7.30 pm. The message was conveyed to Wallace who arrived at the club about 25 minutes later. The following evening Wallace took three trams (streetcars) to the Menlove Gardens area to find that there was a Menlove Gardens North, South, and West but no East. He returned home to find his 69-year-old wife Julia brutally murdered in the front parlour of their home in Wolverton Street. 

Mark Russell is a local historian and researcher. Since viewing the Yorkshire TV docu-drama Who Killed Julia Wallace? in 1975 he has had a great interest in the case. His interests include music, films, history and true crime. He lives in Liverpool.

FEBRUARY 1, 2021

About the Interview

MARK RUSSELL discusses his book Checkmate: The Wallace Murder Mystery

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MALCOLM CAMPBELL

True Crime Author

A True Crime Memoir By Malcolm Campbell
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Malcolm, an ex-soldier and law-abiding family man, starts a new job as a retail security officer, covering West Midlands cities. On his third day, his life changes forever after being viciously attacked by a newly released prisoner high on crack cocaine.

The injury and trauma of this attack results in Malcolm entering into shock, withdrawn and frightened. A shadow of his true self. Over time, security staff and criminals laugh at him, labeling him a coward.

This gripping and controversial true story sends us hurtling into the dark world of crime and chaos, documenting a harrowing, shocking, and sinister journey which exposes everything with complete transparency by reliving the true story of one man's battle to uphold the good within his heart while fighting the evil that lies within. 

September  22, 2020

About the Interview

Malcolm Campbell discusses his book Call Sign Charley One

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MELISSA CRONIN

True Crime Author

He was the billionaire financier and close confidant of presidents, prime ministers, movie stars and British royalty, the mysterious self-made man who rose from blue-collar Brooklyn to the heights of luxury. But while he was flying around the world on his private jet and hosting lavish parties at his private island in the Caribbean, he also was secretly masterminding an international child sex ring—one that may have involved the richest and most influential men in the world.

March 23, 2020

About the Interview:

Melissa Cronin discusses her True Crime Book called Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales