• Woman at the Devil's Door

  • The Untold Story of the Hampstead Murderess
  • By: Sarah Beth Hopton
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulligan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (361 ratings)

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Woman at the Devil's Door

By: Sarah Beth Hopton
Narrated by: Kate Mulligan
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On October 24, 1890, a woman's mutilated and lifeless body was discovered on a pile of rubbish in Hampstead, North London. Her arms were lacerated, her face crushed and bloodied, and her head almost completely severed from her body. A mile away a blood-soaked stroller was found leaning against a residential gate. The dead baby's body, hidden beneath a nettle bush, was not located until the following morning.

So began the incredible story of the Hampstead Tragedy.

Eventually, Scotland Yard knocked on the door of 2 Priory Street, home to Mary Eleanor Pearcey, the pretty 24-year-old mistress of the victim's husband, whose crimes inspired speculation that Jack the Ripper was a woman, and whose dying request was as bizarre and mysterious as her life.

The first full-length examination of the extraordinary case, Woman at the Devil's Door is a thrilling look at a notorious murderess and the webs she wove.

©2018 Sarah Beth Hopton (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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Good book, sloppy audiobook

This is a solid book. Good subject, great research, well put together. But as an audiobook it's emblematic of a big problem within the industry. The narrator isn't glaringly awful like some others, but a whole load of small problems really add up to an irritating listen. Too many audiobooks feel this way -- rushed, sloppy, dashed-off and un-cared about. There's lazy enunciation (one more "dint" for "didn't" and I'd have slapped her), easily checked place name mispronounciation, badly handled phrasing of complex sentences, and it just all feels like a first take that nobody bothered to listen to before they called it done and went home. And I'm afraid that's exactly what happened here, and seems to happen to so many other books that deserve better. Obviously not everything can be produced like an all-star audio drama, but this blatant and abundant laziness of quality is an insult to the entire audience. Just care a little. A little research, a little editing, a little effort. It doesn't seem too big a request.

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excellant research, reading and thoughts.

I am planning to add the hard copy to my collection. Hope you also enjoy.

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Really Interesting

It was written in a way that you get super involved in the story early on. It gives both sides which I like, and kind of leaves you to decide from there. It was really interesting and I had never heard of this case before. Good for true crime fans.

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Amazed

somehow I can't help but feel conflicted for Mary Eleanor. and her mother Charlotte bless her heart! she is the victim along with the siblings and parents of Phoebe. it's always interesting to me how the law was handled during this time because it's so long ago but still very recent. if you're a murderino or murderina you should give this account a chance.

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Excellent true story,

Excellent research and put together storyline. The narrator was great. pleasant voice and most of the time I tended to think she was the author, but of course, it was that she had such a smooth presentation. I'll be looking for more from this author and from the narrator.

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Ok Story

The narrator is excellent with a matter of fact tone with enough inflection appropriate to the subject matter. The story was depressing but well written. I’d not heard of this famous Victorian murder. Horrific

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mehh, incorrectly titled

this book would have said that it was a commentary on the cultural implications and effects on and from this case. if the author only wrote on the case, it would have been like a 5 chapter book. the reader learns extraneous history of the lawyers, journalists, parents etc. definitely not worth the time.

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Good, quick read

Great job by both the author and narrator. They did well on bringing to life the people involved in the case.

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Worth a listen if you enjoy history

fascinating story about a case I had never heard of before. the story does go out of order of events a bit, and there are so many names included, which both make the story hard to follow. but the history nerd in me loved the references to forensics and psychology in the Victorian Era.

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Good story, but...

Too much time was spent on explaining epilepsy in great detail in Chapter 5. Aside from that, the story was well-written overall.

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