Deadly Service

Deadly Service

Murderous Maids, Devious Housekeepers and Butlers Who Kill
Kate Clarke
Distribution: Canada, Mexico, United States of America and USA and its dependencies
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-911273-68-4
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What is it that ignites and unleashes an uncontrollable fury, exposing the smouldering resentment in those who finally rebel against a life of servitude? Surprisingly perhaps, this type of killing is relatively rare and when one considers the degradation and exploitation experienced by generations of servants, it is remarkable indeed that so few have resorted to murder. This book contains studies of seven extraordinary cases of servants who have killed their employers, revealing the frustration and inner turmoil fostered by insecurity, poverty or greed so urgent and compelling that they were driven to kill, each in a totally different way. But in each case it achieved nothing. Kate Webster, Charles Houghton and Louisa Merrifield lost their lives on the gallows. One of the Papin sisters lost her sanity. Jane Cox, though never charged with the murder of Charles Bravo, lost Florence Bravo’s friendship, her credibility and her job. As for John Lee, though he cheated death in one of the most bizarre incidents in criminal history, nevertheless wasted twenty-two years of his life in prison. Finally, the incorrigible Roy Fontaine, convicted of five murders and incarcerated for the rest of his life, time enough to reflect on his extraordinary life and truly callous killings before dying in Kingston Prison, Portsmouth, on 16 September, 2002, aged 78.

Author Bio

KATE CLARKE, diarist and crime-writer: after completing a four year course at Somerset College of Art and a Post Graduate degree at Birmingham University she worked as a teacher in London schools for twenty-one years. After moving to Hay-on-Wye she worked at various jobs whilst continuing to write a number of books, mainly on 18th and 19th century crime.

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