Publication Date: 21/09/2023 ISBN: 9781399049740 Category:

The Murder of the Whitechapel Mistress

Neil Watson

Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publication Date: 21/09/2023 ISBN: 9781399049740 Category:


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This is the true story of respected businessman, Henry Wainwright, who had everything he needed in 1871: a loving wife and five children, a delightful London townhouse and successful family business, but just one year later, Henry’s life would be turned upside down. He embarked on a risky affair, setting his mistress, Harriet Lane, up in lodgings with an allowance to look after herself and the couple’s two children as they pretended to be husband and wife. It was at this time that Henry’s finances tumbled out of control; with gambling debts and a failing business, bankruptcy loomed. His world started to crumble and what happened next as he tried to regain control involved a scandalous conspiracy which ended in murder and ruined the lives of three families.

This fast-moving story will transport the reader to the East End of Victorian London, revealing information on the lives of those involved and detailing the police investigation and the subsequent Old Bailey trial. Fourteen years before the infamous Jack the Ripper Murders, it was the original ‘Whitechapel Mystery’ and probably the most sensational criminal case of the 1870s. It’s a story of love, weakness and devious, desperate liars.

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