By Geoffrey Howse
London's West finish is linked to type and glamour yet for hundreds of years it has had a much darker facet. Geoffrey Howse has exposed an surprising catalogue of sinister deeds, a few of them recognized yet others lengthy forgotten. examine spying, treason, embezzlement, regicide, theft, forgery, spiritual persecution, suicide, homicide and mutilation; and 'witness' horrendous punishments reminiscent of drawing, placing, disemboweling, quartering, castration, beheading and burning. prior instances contain the execution of Scottish patriots (1305/6) and 3 priests who dared to question the supremacy of Henry VIII in 1535. Such occasions attracted nice public recognition, as did the extreme execution of Charles I in 1649 and, in 1820, the putting and mutilation of the Cato road Conspiritors. The foul homicide of the recognized actor William Terriss, via a madman, in 1897, is featured as are numerous striking circumstances from the 20th century together with the awful wartime murders of Gordon Cummins, the unusual disappearances of the socialist MP Victor Grayson and Lord Lucan, the Charing pass Trunk homicide in addition to the mysterious dying of boxer Freddie generators.