The Newcastle Train Murder & Death on the Crumbles describe two sensational crime trials from the early 20th century.
In 1910, John Nisbet, a cashier transporting 370 pounds in his work satchel, was found dead in his train compartment. Due to questionable eyewitnesses and cloudy statements, the police arrested passenger John Dickman for the murder. The ensuing trial gripped Newcastle and all of England.
In 1924, a pregnant woman was found brutally murdered in a bungalow on "The Crumbles" beach. Her married lover was suspected, but could anyone prove his guilt? Narrator Edgar Lustgarten engrossingly performs the events of each twisted tale with grim delight.
Death on the Crumbles
In 1924, Patrick Mahon admitted to dismembering the victim's body but denied committing the murder. This fascinating trial was presided over by "The Hanging Judge", Mr Justice Avory.
Very good stories read out by an astonishing voice.
Because Mr. Lustgarten imitates the voices of all actors without becoming ridiculous and aditionally comes up with a nice and perfect style of language (I am german; I am impressed and willing to learn from Mr. Lustgarten's speech), his show is a very intellectual piece of audiofile on Audible. (Even for native English speaking people I think.)
Although just reporting of more or less one sinlge trial day per case, the stories get very interesting and intense due to detail and sudden moments of excitement. And the cases as well as their outcomings are real!
I liked this show so much that I learned "Death on the Crumbles" by heart word for word. (Yes, this is no joke.) "The Newcastle Train Murder" will follow; and maybe the other shows, too.
Tom Ellard from the australian electronic music group "Severed Heads" used some spoken material of "Death on the Crumbles" in their song "Dead Eyes Opened". That is how I came to Mr. Lustgarten's "Famous Trials" and from where others may know short parts of it's content or the voice. The main part of the song is underlaid by the long part where the narrator explains the reason for Patrick Mahon's fright of thunderstorms related to the murder. "[...] As the head of Emily Kaye lay upon the coals, the dead eyes opened, and Mahon fled out to the deserted shore. [...]" (Content cite) Became interested? So did I, when I heard this part.
I recommend this file to everyone who is interested in the smart way of audio entertainment.
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Book was ok. I've enjoyed this series but the train murder was probably the least interesting. Second story was good and worth the small outlay. Title suffers from cover art issues though as the cover displayed is for a different title.