by Sarah Beth Hopton
On 24th October, 1890, the dead body of a woman was discovered on a pile of rubbish in Hampstead, north London. Her arms were lacerated and her face bloodied, her head severed from her body save a few sinews. Later, a blood-soaked pram was found leaning against a residential gate. The following morning the dead body of a baby was found hidden underneath a nettle bush.
So began the incredible story of the Hampstead Tragedy.
Eventually, Scotland Yard knocked on the door of No. 2 Priory Street, home to Mary Eleanor Pearcey, the pretty 24-year-old mistress whose crimes inspired speculation that Jack the Ripper was a woman, and whose dying request was as bizarre and mysterious as her life.
This long-awaited book by Sarah Beth Hopton is the first full-length examination of the case.