Great and Horrible News Publication Date

Blessin Adams, early modern scholar and former police officer, has just released a new book titled “Great and Horrible News.” The publication of this thought-provoking book has sparked interest among history enthusiasts and true crime fans alike. The book delves into the fascinating world of early modern England, where murder trials were a source of public spectacle and grisly stories of crime and death sold like hot cakes. Through a series of nine historic crimes, Blessin explores the themes of murder, criminal investigation, early forensic techniques, and high court trials, among others. The book is based on extensive original research, piecing together stories from coroner’s inquests, court records, parish archives, letters, diaries, and the cheap street pamphlets that were produced to feed the public’s insatiable appetite for true crime stories. Blessin has a unique ability to bring history to life, and “Great and Horrible News” is no exception. The stories in the book are told in a thrilling narrative that follows a fugitive killer through the streets of London, delves into the mystery of a suspected staged suicide, and portrays the lives of real people as they confront the extraordinary crises of murder, infanticide, miscarriage, and suicide. Despite being set in a different time, the book sheds light on issues and attitudes that are still relevant today. Many of the historical laws and attitudes concerning death and murder may seem cruel by today’s standards, yet they also serve as a reminder that some things never change – such as our fascination with true crime stories and the public spectacle of murder trials. In a recent statement, Blessin said, “I am thrilled to share this book with the world. The history of death and murder in early modern England is both fascinating and eerie, and I hope that readers will be captivated by these true stories as much as I was.” “Great and Horrible News” is available to pre-order now in bookstores and online retailers. If you’re a fan of true crime, history, or just a good story, this book is a must-read. Get your copy today and discover the strange history of death and murder in early modern Britain.

Belief in Divine Intervention – BBC History Magazine May Issue

I’ve written an article in the May 23 issue about belief in divine intervention in revealing murders through wondrous signs and supernatural occurrences in the early modern era. These beliefs were not limited to sensational true crime pamphlets but were also reflected in official records, where suspects were put on trial based on wondrous evidence. The early moderns believed that God worked against sin by delivering justice through miraculous means, and murderers at large would rather confess their crimes than live in fear of exposure. In the magazine I write about the case of Ralph Suckey, who confessed to murder because he imagined that a flock of crows was accusing him of his crime, and about the ghost of a midwife who appeared to a maid and instructed her to dig under a fireplace, where the remains of two small children were found. BBC History Magazine Grisly Killings & Mysterious Motives: Murder in Early Modern Britain I had a great time as a guest on the History Extra podcast.