The Murder Gang
Murder, Mayhem and Reporting, British style
Released Out Now Author Neil Root Publisher The History Press available in Hardback
They were roving, ultracompetitive reporters specialised in cases of murder up and down the land. Knowing instinctively if they were onto a tasty scoop or not, their methods bordered on illegal most of the time, going so far as to jeopardise police work by speaking directly with chief suspects and, in some instances, interviewing and getting confessions before the police did.
From the 1930s to the early 1960s, this cadre of newshounds sniffed out sensational stories for public consumption and changed British crime- reporting forever.
This is an excellent and thoroughly entertaining read, detailing a rich selection of famous and lesser- known real crime episodes and how an elite corps of journalists would do almost anything to file exclusive information.
Lurid and often disturbing tales of killer spivs, jealous lovers, maniacal doctors, game- playing psychopaths, heists and wartime opportunists all feature. Root offers the reader both tremendous amounts of detail pertaining to the crimes and how they were reported, and paints a fascinating portrait of mid- 20th century Britain ( especially London and Fleet Street’s bygone age). There also features photos of Murder Gang members and criminals. An absolute must- read for anybody interested in British crime heritage and journalism, Root manages the trick of being both entertaining and sobering.