On this day 125 years ago - 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.
Mango Books are delighted to announce that we will be publishing Sarah Beth Hopton's long-awaited book "Woman at the Devil’s Door: The Extraordinary True Story of Mary Pearcey and the Hampstead Murders" - the first full-length examination of the case.
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