Murder Research has for many years this has been the home of the ground-breaking research into the 1884 Babbacombe murder case. Now more cases are being added to this website which is also partnered to Old British News and Old Family Trees. We are also able to research, voluntarily and free of charge, any British murder case that perhaps your ancestor was involved in either as the perpetrator or the victim. All our research for users is handled here where you are welcome to send your murder enquiry.
A wide range of British murder cases are being included here dating from the 1750’s to the 1950s. We are featuring not only murder but also death in circumstances that cannot necessarily be explained. We shall also see in the course of time how very serious crimes were investigated and handled by the authorities and the detectives. We are also featuring some of the policemen and special detectives who appeared in our newspapers all those years ago.
It’s often said that there is nothing like a good murder to beef up the British press and this was certainly the case during the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian Times. The newspapers and the ‘Penny Dreadfuls’ were full of amazing and overblown stories that thrilled and scared its hungry audience. But behind many of these terrible cases though lie is an even bigger shadow of the fall guy. A great many people were accused and sent to the gallows on very thin and unsubstantiated evidence. Indeed in Victorian times particularly it was in the interest of the police particularly to “find their man” at any cost.
Apart from actual witnesses there was very little to go by. It wasn’t until much later on that the police could actually tell the difference between animal blood and human blood. The fingerprint process was not developed. As for DNA, that of course that would not appear until well into the future.
In many ways the life in Great Britain our ancestors lived through was perhaps more dangerous and more crime ridden than it is today. Murder, or death in suspicious circumstances, was fairly commonplace. You can actually see by reading the newspapers how much violent crime there was. Some of it very well reported to almost iconic status, and much of it quite under reported. Here at Murder Research we will be looking into not only the high profile cases but also those that received the coverage but not to such great extent.