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Murder Will Out! Death of the Landlord (1730)

We're still in the researching and exploration writing stage of the historical fiction slasher REDSTONE, or, the 'Bloody Beach' Murders, by Two Persons Intimately Acquainted With The Case, and I'm still finding lots of snippets that I don't know if we can use or not. Little details like the poor missing lad who was found… Continue reading Murder Will Out! Death of the Landlord (1730)

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Highwaymen Beset by Naked Victims! (1721)

I went looking for something less depressing than the horrific murders in the last two posts, so I hoped I'd find something that would at least make me laugh. I searched for 'naked highwayman' to see what I'd get. I didn't get an actual naked highwayman (boo), but I did get this pair of disaster-bastards… Continue reading Highwaymen Beset by Naked Victims! (1721)

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Inhumanity and Barbarity! Monstrous Mrs and Miss Branch of Hemmington, Somerset (1740)

Having discovered the case due to a throwaway line at the end of a report on the murderous mitten-knitter, Sarah Metyard, and her daughter Sarah Morgan Metyard, I decided to look for the case of Mrs and Miss Branch. It's not in any of the newspapers, but there is a whole pamphlet on the case… Continue reading Inhumanity and Barbarity! Monstrous Mrs and Miss Branch of Hemmington, Somerset (1740)

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Sarah Metyard the Murderous Mitten-Knitter (1762)

This case is fairly horrendous, and involves a great deal of torture and stone cold callousness. I was looking for character inspiration and potential Awful Secrets for backstories for our awful characters in the 18thC Slasher WIP. We weren't sure how dark we wanted to go, and ideas are being tossed around still, but I… Continue reading Sarah Metyard the Murderous Mitten-Knitter (1762)

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Golden Age of Piracy ~ Snippets of News

Inspired by Our Flag Means Death, I thought I'd see what piracy was reported on in the 18thC newspapers. I wasn't disappointed. I've chosen a small selection that had some interesting details, all from the Stamford Mercury 1716-17. I've included a glossary after each snippet for anyone not familiar with the terminology or variant spellings,… Continue reading Golden Age of Piracy ~ Snippets of News