You can’t outrun death

You can’t outrun death

While reading one of only two pertinent articles in “Capital crimes – Seven centuries of London life and Murder” by Max Decharne, I came across an interesting piece of information about a murder in 1866. the murder had fled to New York. To track down and identify the murderer two groups consisting of Detectives, Constables and witnesses were dispatched on a month long round trip with there passports and tickets paid for by the magistrates court! 

Do they even do this sort of thing now a day’s?

1870’s Arrest, Trial and execution.

1870’s Arrest, Trial and execution.

So this is proving more difficult then I expected, while there is lots of information on people being executed by hanging for various crimes, trying to find transcripts of the events from arrest to hanging is proving difficult. While there are transcripts that do exist from this time, there is very little available online to read.

I have paid a visit to my local library to raid there offerings and have a few books to hand but it will still take time. Transcripts from the time do exist but most are kept hidden away in archives. I am starting to question why I am doing all this research and it falls down to one thing, I want part of my book to feel realistic even if it is Victorian fantasy!

Delving into history can be interesting at times and you can discover some interesting things about places that you may have been without giving a thought to. One of these places is an old stone building behind wooden hoarding near the engine shed in Bristol. This structure s the last remaining building of Bristol’s new Gaol which was closed in the 1870’s. This last building was (according to research) the site of the last public hanging in Bristol but it just sits there now falling apart.

I hate to see places like this going to waste and wish I could win the Lottery just to rebuild them, even if they have a grisly past.

Currently my book sits at 58,460 words and growing all the time. I am only 48 pages in on the first edit and still adding in paragraphs that I have been told that I need. Once I finish this pass, will see if I can find some to cast there eyes over it and point out anything that they think is wrong on missing.

Well that is enough thinking for now,

See you in port next time Airship Pilots!

The trial of James Purcell.

I have spent several days sat in the imaginary corner, moaning that the beginning of my book is crap. It fall down to the fact that the first stage has no definitive closing chapter and no real plot. Well after talking to a police friend and some of my NaNoRegional group members, I have been missing a very big section from my book. Even though my main character has legal help, he will have have to be arrested and tried for his fiancée’s murder. 

What will be the outcome if he is convicted? He will have to face the hangman’s noose. Apparently if he is going to get away and continue his story (which I really need him too) that there needs to be some serious intervention.

This has given me quite a bit to think about and now I need to re-plan the first section of my book to fit the pieces back together.

Se you in port next time Airship Captains.