By Mark Mower
The dual fascinations of demise and villainy will continuously carry us of their grim yet exciting grip. In Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Suffolk the nippiness is introduced just about domestic as each one bankruptcy investigates the darker part of humanity in circumstances of homicide, deceit and natural malice devoted over the centuries during this a part of East Anglia. From crimes of ardour to opportunistic killings and coldly premeditated acts of homicide, the total spectrum of criminal activity is mentioned the following. The frequently rural nature of Suffolk creates remoted, inward having a look groups with their very own ordinary customs and practices. whereas this can be one of many extra endearing features of kingdom lifestyles, it could actually additionally spawn narrow-mindedness and parochialism that ends up in clash - and sometimes even to demise. during this selection of grisly crime tales Mark Mower takes us on a trip in the course of the darker part of Suffolk folklore, with stories of poisoning, grave robbing, stabbing, capturing and larceny. at the way...
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Permanent and guaranteed incomes were uncommon for all but the burgeoning class of skilled workers employed in the newly emerging trades of the Industrial Revolution. Poverty in Suffolk, as elsewhere, led to poor health, starvation, disease, alcoholism and early death. The average life expectancy of agricultural workers was only thirty-eight years and infant mortality was not uncommon. In 1863, there were 7,670 deaths in the county – some 37 per cent of these were of children under the age of 5.
Arriving at the house, in the south end of the village, Pendle found Sarah’s father, John Nichols, and her 19-year-old brother Nathaniel, working outside of the cottage. Their reaction to the news was not what Pendle had expected. John merely exclaimed, ‘Dead! ’ He then called to Nathan and the pair headed off on foot to reclaim the body. It was the first indication that the two knew more than they were disclosing – Pendle had not even communicated at that point where the body had been found. The family’s apparent indifference to the death was noted by others in the village.
William Macro’s subsequent actions served only to confirm that James Steggles had indeed picked on the wrong person to rob that night. Up early the next morning, Macro walked back to the scene of the crime and followed the distinctive hoof prints for five miles across the fields and as far as The Bull public house in Kentford. Here he discovered a brown mare in the stable and a shocked Steggles in the kitchen of the inn. Having been apprehended, Steggles was committed to Bury St Edmunds Prison pending further inquiries.