Mile End Murder, the Case Conan Doyle Couldn’t Solve
Sinclair Mckay, bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park, has gone back in time to re-investigate a bloody Victorian murder that became a national sensation and later puzzled Arthur Conan Doyle. In 1860, an East End landlady was found in her house, hideously killed. There had been no forced entry; no theft; and no-one had been seen going in. But did the police investigation – and widespread prejudice - lead to the wrong man being hanged? Conan Doyle was baffled; and now, McKay has turned detective to solve a mystery that shines a light in Victorian London’s dark heart.
Sinclair McKay has written several books on Bletchley Park and codebreaking as well as histories of Hammer films, James Bond films and rambling as a pastime. He is a freelance journalist and lives in London. He is also speaking at Borderlines on Sunday, 8th October at 11am at the Crown and Mitre Hotel, on his most recent book on codebreakers, The Spies of Winter.
Sinclair McKay’s articles for the Spectator can be read here.