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review Mr Briggs' Hat: A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder Ø eBook or Kindle ePUB ä In July 1864 Thomas Briggs was traveling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner He boarded a first class carriage on the 945 pm Hackney service of the North LoThe public on both sides of the Atlantic The investigation and subseuent trial became a fixture in New York newspapers and a freuent distraction from the Civil War that ravaged the nation In Murder in the First Class Carriage acclaimed writer Kate Coluhoun tells the gripping tale of a crime that shocked an e. This was a very well researched and informative enjoyable too account of the first murder on Britain's railways in the 1860s The case is itself interesting as the book recounts the detectives' uest to piece together the events leading to Thomas Briggs' death and then the journey literally to apprehend the main suspectWhat made the book of even greater interest for me was the social aspects relating to the victim and suspect plus the police work involved The police work the case and their methods were in their infancy as the team of detectives were relatively newly formed and the techniues including forensics handling of witnesses and information recording were all challenged and challenging The testing of blood was only just starting and the technology and the scientists themselves were limited in their understanding Information cataloguing was of course handwritten and not always in toto or accurate and so left or created gaps and added to this was the difficulty and laboriousness in being able to cross reference information and people Social aspects in respect of how the suspect was viewed by the public and importantly how the murder was treated by the newspapers including the language used and the detail they were able to print accurate or not; the witnesses and their views of events; and the manufacture cost and use of items of clothing and the company people kept or the items they sold or pawned Coupled to this was the technology revolution of communications newspapers and telegraphs and transport trains and steamships that brought news and travel to many but still limited the exchange of information and saw journeys across the Atlantic take many weeks The case and its outcome challenged ideas and principles with people uestioning the legal system how the press behaved how criminalswitnesses were treated and so shaped views or brought recommendations for change All in all a highly readable book on what was a crime that shook Victorian Britain and Britons' to the core If a wealthy well to do man could be murdered in a First Class carriage with such speed and brutality with no witnesses to the actual crime then who was safe on the railways or on any business one undertook regardless of occupation or social class

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In July 1864 Thomas Briggs was traveling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner He boarded a first class carriage on the 945 pm Hackney service of the North London railway A short time later two bank clerks entered the compartment and noticed blood pooled in the seat cushions and smeared all. This is another book by Kate Coluhoun I have read And another very well researched and written And just like with 'Did She Kill Him' the author plunges into 19th century England in order to tell a story of a mysterious death on the British railway An interesting read

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Mr Briggs' Hat A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway MurderOver the floor and windows But there was no sign of Thomas Briggs All that remained was his ivory knobbed walking stick his empty leather bag and a bloodstained hat that strangely did not belong to Mr Briggs The race to identify the killer and catch him as he fled on a boat to America was eagerly followed by. The London underground railway the first in the world opened with great fanfare in 1863 This is an account of the first railway murder that occurred only a year later in 1864 and created a great sensation as Londoners realised that they were not safe on this form of public transport The first trains had no corridor for internal travel between compartments and passengers had no way of calling for help if assaulted Mr Briggs a 69 y old banking clerk was travelling home from Fenchurch station to Hackney after dining with his niece and her husband However when the train arrived at Hackney station two clerks found the compartment empty but blood all over the seat walls and windowInside they found Mr Wigg's bag and cane and under the seat a suashed black hat of inferior uality It is the presence of the hat that forms the focus of this account as it turned out not to belong to Mr Briggs Mr Briggs' body was eventually found on the rail line but whether he was dead when he fell or was pushed out of the train or whether he died after hitting his head on rocks next to the rail could not be established His own very good uality hat is missing and a gold watch and chain was found to have been stolen from his coat and the hunt for the perpetrator was onNot a lot happens in this real life crime and readers of modern fast paced crime novels may be disappointed The book is perhaps a little longer than it needs to be and I found it somewhat slow to read However I enjoyed the meticulous research that has gone into putting together this account and the fascinating documentation of the small details involved in the search for the murdererattacker of Mr Briggs Not only does it highlight Victorian society at that time but also the capabilities of Victorian policing and the criminal justice system Eventually a putative murderer is found and the evidence of the hat and the fate of Mr Briggs' hat plays a large part in bringing him to trial There is the complication of a chase across the Atlantic as the wanted man emigrates to New York during the time of the American Civil War With no trans atlantic communication system police and witnesses must chase him on a faster ship to effect an extraditionThe details of the trial based on circumstantial evidence and the lack of following up additional details of the crime ultimately leave some unresolved doubts about whether the police had caught the right man and whether he was in fact murdered or died after falling from the train and the reader is left to make up their own mind