‘This I remember. The earthiness of his fingertips as he holds the cherries, one after the other, to my lips . . .’
In August 1828, a young man, William Corder, was hanged for the brutal murder of Maria Martin in Polstead, Suffolk. The ensuing media frenzy turned this case into one of the most celebrated and talked-about crimes of the nineteenth century. Known as the Red Barn Murder, the peep shows, ballads and broadsheets of the time proclaimed Maria as the poor village maiden, viciously slain by her callous lover. Until the end, William protested his innocence. But what if he was telling the truth . . . ?
‘The Red Barn’ is underway, and will hopefully be published in 2024.
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