Herewith my synopsis. In one week I will start weekly uploads of the first chapter “An Yll Wynde”,segment by segment…..which of course will be free to read!
New Years Day 1844. William Saville has thrown his wife and children on the mercy of the workhouse. Assuming an alias he finds both work and lodgings on the far side of town, representing himself as a single man . He soon meets and falls for Bessy, the sister in law of his new master. In March he begins paying his addresses to her. The pair meet often and talk of a future together in America. These plans are put in peril in May. Saville’s wife has removed herself and children from the workhouse with the aid of a loan from her sister. Eager to locate her husband Bill and renew family life, by chance she finds him in the Falcon Inn. He is not pleased to see her or his eldest child and the meeting is strained. Two days later the bodies of a woman and three children are found in a wood or small spinney close to the Colwick to Carlton Path. All have their throats savagely cut from ear to ear…..
Saville’s Spinney is a tragic tale. A seemingly unconnected sequence of events will spark the worst killings ever recorded in Nottingham. A marriage in trouble, a town embroiled in a strike, a doomed love triangle will lead to four savage and bloody murders, a Coroner’s inquisition followed by a long Assizes trial in which the accused is sentenced to death. Yet more death and mayhem will follow.The public hanging attracts an enormous and rowdy crowd but in the seconds following the drop the crowd panics and more innocents lose their lives. Twelve spectators die at the scene, five more die later of their injuries and over 100 are badly injured. Another Coroner’s Inquisition is called, The Police make an investigation. Questions are raised in Parliament but many questions remain unanswered.
Who really killed the babes in the wood and why?
Was a man hung for murders he did not commit?
Why did a key witness refuse to attend the assizes to give evidence, feign an injury and send his brother in his place ?
Who, exactly who was the unconscious cause of the whole?
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