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Murder in Birmingham
It is for this reason that Nick Billingham’s series of West Midlands-based books on true crime have more of an impact on me than reading about killers like Ted Bundy or Peter Sutcliffe. These people are mythical beings who I can maintain a safe distance from both physically and psychologically, but reading about a hanging which took place in the same street as I now get my hair cut on leaves an impact which can be difficult to shake off.
More Foul Deeds & Suspicious Deaths In Birmingham is an anthology of murder and horrific acts, all of which occurred in Britain’s second-favourite city. The book begins with an introduction to Birmingham and its history of crime and violence, as well as an outline of some of the more infamous barbaric acts which occurred between the nineteenth century and the present day. The book is written in chronological order, from 1817 up to 1948, boasting a total of twenty-seven separate cases.