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The Dagenham Murder

The Dagenham Murder
by Linda Rhodes, Lee Shelden & Kathryn Abnett

WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER AWARD 2006

COMMENDED IN THE ALAN BALL LOCAL HISTORY AWARDS 2006

In June 1846, PC George Clark was brutally murdered while on night duty at Eastbrookend in Dagenham. He was 20 years old, and had only been stationed there for six weeks. This lavishly-illustrated book is the first full-length study of a killing that shocked the nation but was to remain unsolved. Many suspects and motives have been put forward, with one theory even implicating Clark's own police colleagues.

ACCLAIM FOR THE DAGENHAM MURDER:

The Crime Writers' Association judging panel: "A definitive account of the notorious murder of a Victorian policeman. Extensively researched and well written".

Local History Magazine: "[The authors] are to be congratulated on a fascinating study of a notorious incident. An indication of the painstaking research which has gone into this book is the range of contemporary illustrations featured, over 80 being reproduced, including 6 full colour plates. All in all, an authoritative addition to the ever increasing number of books dealing with the history of the police service, and a credit to the authors and publishers alike".

Cockney Ancestor Magazine: "One of the most thorough books on local history one could wish to find. If your family were connected with the area or with the Metropolitan Police then this is a must for you. For the rest of us it is a very good and compelling read, and an example of how to write good local and family history".

HOW TO BUY:

The book is published by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Libraries. The cover price is 9.99, the book is on sale for only 5.00 at Barking & Dagenham libraries or at the shop at Valence House Museum, Dagenham. For ordering by post, please e-mail libraries.office@lbbd.gov.uk .

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Links to details of our other books:

The Romford Outrage: the murder of Inspector Thomas Simmons, 1885
Foul Deeds & Suspicious Deaths in Barking, Dagenham & Chadwell Heath


Below: Clark's memorial in Dagenham parish churchyard (left); the authors (right)

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