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No. 2 refers to the murder of Thomas Farrow,a 71 year old manager of a paint store and his wife Ann. One of their store clerks found the body of Mr Farrow, and Mrs Farrow who was grievously injured, on the morning of March 27, 1905, when he arrived for work. Two young brothers, Albert and Alfred Stratton, were charged with the crime, on the evidence of fingerprints left at the scene. Although the science of fingerprinting was known in the UK before this time, the Stratton case (also known as the Deptford Murders) represents the first time evidence of fingerprints was used to get a conviction in a murder case and, as such, is said by some to mark the beginning of modern forensic sciene in Britain.

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I believe that 6A refers to a public hanging as performed in the 18th century before the 'drop' had been perfected and many felons strangled to death rather than having their necks broken. This was also before they started putting hoods over the felons head so as to prevent the audience from seeing the facial contortions that go along with strangulation.

I'm guessing that 6C refers to the place of hanging which in 18th century London would have been Tyburn- with the infamous Tyburn Tree which was the wooden gallows used for the executions.

I haven't a clue about a 'Paddinton Frisk' but as the rest of the question seems to be focused on 18th century London, the answer may be found there.


Number five refers to the 1978 murder of Georgi Markov, a BBC broadcaster and Bulgarian exile who was waiting for a bus at Waterloo Bridge when he was stabbed in the leg and subsequently died as a result of being injected with a tiny pellet containing ricin. The delivery system was a special umbrella, which I believe was first developed by the Soviet KGB. The killer was Francesco Giullino, a Bulgarian DS (Durzhavna Sigurnost) agent ordered to neutralize Markov because of his radio broadcasts against the Communist-era regime on Radio Free Europe and BBC. Giullino was also known as 'agent Piccadilly.'

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Oh, yeah... sorry about the double post. According to the Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Captain Francis Grose (1811) the 'Paddington frisk' (question 6B)is a euphemism for hanging. The same source gives 'haltering place'(question 6C) as the neck.



Oh, Lord... I have to stop now! I believe #1 is asking about the Ratcliffe Highway Murders committed by John Williams in 1811. Rather than bore with detail, the Thames Police Museum website has some extensive coverage here:
And I swear that's the last one I'm going to answer :-)



Nena's answers are damn good. Here are the official answers:
1. William Kogut
Didnt use a club or spade, but did use the explosive chemicals found in the red dye used in the hearts and diamonds of packs of cards at the time.
2. Albert and Alfred Stratton
Fingerprinting (made its first mark)
3. Pickles the Dog (more than 1 pickle)
4. Peter Sutcliffe (couldnt be called Humble - John Humble was found guilty of the hoax letters and tapes)
5. Briefly, Georgi Markov was assassinated via a ricin pellet cleverly injected into his leg via a mechanism loaded into an umbrella
Francesco Giullino who worked for the Bulgarian secret service
6. What would 'Danced at the Sheriff's ball and lolled his tongue out at the company' mean? Struggled when hanged, tongue protruding
B - What is the 'Paddington frisk? The dance performed by the hanged man
C - Where is the 'Haltering Place'? Under the left ear - the position of the knot in the noose

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