THE CASE OF THE PAINTED BICYCLE LAMP
THE CASE OF THE PAINTED BICYCLE LAMP:
COVENTRY'S UNSOLVED DOUBLE MURDER OF 1906
by Adam Wood
The gruesome double murder of Richard and Mary Phillips in Coventry’s Stoke Park estate seemed a perfect mystery.
The bloodied bodies of the elderly couple were found in their bedroom, with the previous days’ newspapers piled up on the doormat.
A calendar on their mantlepiece had not been changed for two days, capturing the date of the attack – Wednesday, 10th January 1906.
The only clue for Coventry’s City Police was the discovery of a crudely-painted bicycle lamp, its side lights covered over, which the murderer had seemingly used as a lantern.
Could Detective Inspector Imber solve the riddle?
This book examines the events leading up to the fatal night, and why, despite the owner of the lamp being charged with the murders and standing trial at Warwick Assizes, the case is officially classed as ‘Unsolved’.
By Adam Wood, author of The Watchmaker's Revenge.
Illustrated / bibliography / index.