Notorious Crimes and Criminals

Devon is well known as a tourist destination, but its many historic towns and windswept cliffs have darker and more sinister stories to tell.  I can tell you more about the county’s connections with famous murder cases, cases such as Herbert Rowse Armstrong, the former Newton Abbot solicitor who remains the only member of his profession to be executed for murder; Robert Hichens, the helmsman of the Titanic who later in life was jailed for attempted murder in Torquay; the brutal slaying of the Reverend John Hay, vicar of South Brent, dragged from his church and slaughtered in 1436; the poisoning of Samuel Westcombe in Exeter in 1829 by his wife whose affection had gone elsewhere (but who paid the penalty when she was executed); the horrific murder of Emma Doidge and her boyfriend William Rowe by the former’s jilted suitor at Peter Tavey in 1892; the strangling of schoolgirl Alice Gregory in 1916; the triple murder of Emily Maye and her daughters at West Charleton, Kingsbridge, in 1936, which remains unsolved to this day.

Above all, I can tell you about Devon’s most famous case, the murder of Emma Keyse at Babbacombe and the convicted servant, John Lee – the man they couldn’t hang.

If you want to know more about this subject and how Alex can build this and / or other trips into your stay in Devon then contact him now on 01803 812556 / 07585 928070 or fill in the form.