Category Police

The Illustrated Police News

The Illustrated Police News was a weekly illustrated newspaper which was one of the earliest British tabloids. It featured sensational and melodramatic reports and illustrations of murders and hangings and was a direct descendant of the execution broadsheets of the 18th century.  First published in 1864 it was inspired by The Illustrated London News, which […]

It’s in the Daily Sketch

The Daily Sketch newspaper was launched in 1909 and ran until 11th May 1971.  I have a selected copy of Monday 6th Februry 1928 – well it’s actually a photocopy of a few tatty pages and has some interesting stories and attitudes of the time.  I’ve used one piece from page 7 regarding ‘Mr Churchill […]

Gypsys, arsenic, horse-theft and murder: the 4th January blog story exposed

The Blog for 4th January carried this piece from Thomas Moore’s edited: ‘Life, Letters, and Journals of Lord Byron’: ‘I was out of spirits – read the papers – thought what fame was, on reading, in a case of murder, that Mr Wych, grocer of Tunbridge, sold some bacon, flour, cheese, and, it is believed, […]