Woman at the Devil's Door

Woman at the Devil's Door

The Untold True Story of the Hampstead Murderess
Sarah Beth Hopton
Distribution: Canada, Mexico and United States of America
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03462-5
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Discover the haunting untold true story of the woman whose crimes inspired speculation that Jack the Ripper was a woman.

On October 24, 1890, a woman was discovered on a pile of rubbish in Hampstead, North London. Her arms were lacerated and her face bloodied; her head was severed from her body save a few sinews. Later that day, a blood-soaked stroller was found leaning against a residential gate, and the following morning the dead body of a baby was found hidden underneath a nettle bush. So began the chilling story of the Hampstead Tragedy.

Eventually, Scotland Yard knocked on the door of No. 2 Priory Street, home to Mary Eleanor Pearcey, the pretty 24-year-old mistress whose dying request was as bizarre and mysterious as her life. Woman at the Devil’s Door is a thrilling look at this notorious murderer and the webs she wove.

Author Bio

Sarah Beth Hopton came by her love of crime writing honestly; her father was a detective and a graduate of Quantico’s FBI Academy, and he shared his love of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes with her at an early age. She grew up visiting her dad at the county jail and pouring over his old, unsolved case files or eating a Snickers bar with Old Smokey, the beloved District Attorney who told tall tales about the rural county's many criminal shenanigans. Hopton is currently Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University. When she’s not in the archives tracking down the next case, she’s working her organic homestead with her partner and their dogs, pigs, chickens, too many ducks, rabbits, and rascally fainting goat named after her dad, Bob. Woman at the Devil’s Door is her debut book.

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Table of Contents


1. The Crime

2. The Inquest

3. The Murderess, the Lover, and the Wife

4. The Funeral of Phoebe and Tiggie Hogg

5. The Committal and Trial

6. The Execution


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