Infamous 18th century Abingdon murder subject of book talk

Published: Wednesday, 7th October 2015

Visit the Museum of Oxford on Tuesday 13 October and learn about an infamous murder in Abingdon in the late 18th century.

Author Mark Davies will visit the Museum of Oxford to discuss his book, The Abingdon Waterturnpike Murder: A True-life Tale of Crime and Punishment.

The talk will take place between 6pm and 7pm.

The museum houses the human remains of one of those hanged for the murder, which people will be able to view at the end of the talk.

The murder took place in 1782. An elderly man, walking home from the Abingdon Michaelmas Fair, was robbed and bludgeoned to death after leaving the Waterturnpike pub.

The investigation uncovered a criminal underworld in Abingdon and eventually led to the hanging of three people for the murder – although, as Mark explains in his book, there was likely a miscarriage of justice.

Mark will discuss the book, the murder and its backdrop – the waterways, the river community, the influence of alcohol and brewing, and the gruesome allure of public executions.