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The public on both sides of the Atlantic The investigation and subseuent trial became a fixture in New York newspapers and a freuent distraction from the Civil War that ravaged the nation In Murder in the First Class Carriage acclaimed writer Kate Coluhoun tells the gripping tale of a crime that shocked an e A book that started promisingly but then became so mired in petty detail and endless repetition that I lost interest Well written and researched but I didn't feel the case was interesting enough to reuire such an in depth study

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Mr Briggs' Hat A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway MurderIn July 1864 Thomas Briggs was traveling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner He boarded a first class carriage on the 945 pm Hackney service of the North London railway A short time later two bank clerks entered the compartment and noticed blood pooled in the seat cushions and smeared all In mid Victorian England the railway was coming into its own as a method of travel and opened up the country which previously had used carriages taking days to reach their destinations The problem with the passenger train was the designthe first class carriage was basically a box in which the traveler was locked without any egress nor any way to contact the porter or other train employees if something was amiss And this error in judgement by the rail companies led to the first railway murder It also led to some changes in police procedures and the birth of very elementary forensicsThis book takes us through the murder and the trial of the accused but it also is a bit of a social history of the changes wrought by the coming of the railways as a means of travel and how it changed the face of Britain I would doubt seriously if the case against the accused would hold much water today but there was a bit of a rush to judgement as the press in those days could pretty much write what they wanted to without being called to task An interesting and informative book that is worth the readNote This book was also published as Mr Briggs' Hat

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Mr Briggs' Hat Book ☆ 352 pages Download ½ In July 1864 Thomas Briggs was traveling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner He boarded a first class carriage on the 945 pm Hackney service of the North London railway A short time later two bank clerks entered the compartment and noticed blood pooled in the seat cushions Over the floor and windows But there was no sign of Thomas Briggs All that remained was his ivory knobbed walking stick his empty leather bag and a bloodstained hat that strangely did not belong to Mr Briggs The race to identify the killer and catch him as he fled on a boat to America was eagerly followed by On 9 July 1864 two bank clerks enter a first class train compartment only to discover that it is covered in blood with no sign of an injured person or body although they do find a walking stick an empty leather bag and a hatShortly afterwards Thomas Briggs a senior bank clerk is found fatally injured a short way back along the railway line When Briggs dies without regaining consciousness shortly a murder investigation commencesThe investigation is headed by Richard Tanner of the still relatively new Scotland Yard Detective Division of the Metropolitan PoliceFaced with a murder without witnesses and few clues Tanner is conducting a very difficult investigation that only appears to break when a tip seems to point at a good suspect Soon Tanner finds himself chasing Franz Muller the young German tailor who appears to be at the centre of the horrific attack across the Atlantic in an effort to bring him to justice in a case that will be decided by the ownership of two hatsThis was a fascinating read The murder and its setting a closed off train compartment are truly mysterious The only evidence available being very circumstantial leads to the answers suggested being highly ambiguous It is hard to read this book without being both horrified at and fascinated by the standards of crime investigation at the time and the way the justice system worked in those daysBut it is not just the crime that makes this book so interesting The author paints a great picture of England at the height of the industrial revolution the ambivalent feelings this rapid progress awakened in people and the ins and outs of daily life in LondonI enjoyed comparing investigative methods court proceedings and journalistic standards of the time with those we are used to today and can only be glad of the progress we have made in the 150 years since this case hit the headlinesI feel that this well written and thoroughly researched book would be a great read for anyone with an interest in true crime history andor social studies