Murder at Wrotham Hill, Paperback
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Murder at Wrotham Hill takes the killing in October 1946 of Dagmar Petrzywalski as the catalyst for a compelling and unique meditation on murder and fate.

Dagmar, a gentle, eccentric spinster, was the embodiment of Austerity Britain's prudence and thrift.

Her murderer Harold Hagger's litany of petty crimes, abandoned wives, sloughed-off identities and desertion was its opposite.

Featuring England's first celebrity policeman, Fabian of the Yard, the celebrated forensic scientist, Keith Simpson, and history's most famous and dedicated hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, this is a gripping and deeply moving book.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
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  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9780857382856



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A highly readable account of an infamous murder in the west part of Kent in the aftermath of the Second World War. It starts describing a crime & turns into a forensic analysis of the personalities involved, their motivations, psychology & a missive to the effects of capital punishment & the fragility of life. Very interesting, even to those without the interest in local history.

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