Cruelly Murdered

Constance Kent and the Killing at Road Hill House


Bernard Taylor


Souvenir Press, London, 1979
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 384pp.

This is an account of the Constance Kent killing which took place in the small West Country village of Road (now Rode) in 1860. It has remained one of the most compelling unresolved murder mysteries ever known. At the time even Scotland Yard was unable to provide a solution. All that was known for certain was that 12 people went to sleep in Road Hill House on the night of 29 June, but only 11 were alive the next morning. There was no shortage of suspects and at different times, both the dead boy's half-sister Constance and his nurse, Elizabeth, were charged. But suspicions were not enough and not until a confession had been made did the public have an answer. Although there was a confession, the author, basing his study on all the evidence, including contemporary documents unseen by any previous investigator, has reconstructed the events and come up with a fresh solution.


The book is in very good condition, with a previous handwritten note verso the ffep and the wrapper has been price-clipped.





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