Murder or Not: How the Early 20th Century Police were Poorly Prepared

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Paul Stickler

In 1919, when a Hitchin shopkeeper and her dog were found bludgeoned to death in her corner shop, it triggered a bizarre sequence of events which resulted in two separate investigations with two quite different outcomes. The presentation focuses on how murder investigations were carried out by rural forces just after the first world war and how lessons learned from this case shaped the way that future murder investigations in Britain should be conducted.