Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths In Hampstead, Holborn and by Mark Aston

By Mark Aston

In Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths In Hampstead, Holburn and St Pancras the chilliness of evil is introduced on the subject of domestic as every one bankruptcy investigates the darker part of humanity in situations of homicide, deceit and natural malice during this nook of London. From crimes of ardour to opportunistic killings and coldly premeditated acts of homicide, the complete spectrum of criminal activity is mentioned, bringing to existence the sinister historical past of this a part of the capital over the past four hundred years.

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As with many engaging stories, Jinney was to be immortalised long after her death. For nearly three hundred years, her moniker of Mother Red Cap was used as the name of a public house that stood on the supposed site of her cottage. With Camden Town to eventually develop around the environs of the pub, the Mother Red Cap was occasionally referred to as ‘the half way house to Hampstead and Highgate’, an important landmark for those travelling between London and the north. Meanwhile, debate amongst local historians is divided as to the exact origins of the pub’s name.

Special thanks also to Matthew Greenland of the Press Association Picture Archive, John Dunne of the Hampstead and Highgate Express, John Richardson of the Camden History Society, and local author Brian Girling for kind permission to reproduce images from their collections or archives. Every attempt has been made to trace copyright holders. Apologies in advance to those concerned if an oversight has occurred. Any corrections will be included in any future editions of this book. Lastly, mention must be made of four excellent sources of information without which research into many of the foul deeds and suspicious deaths would have been a more arduous task, namely; the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, The Times Digital Archive 1785 – 1985, Mark Herber’s Criminal London (2002) and the Heal Collection held at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre.

Colonel Cope and William Young were to be the next unfortunates to fall prey to the gang. A veritable treasure trove amounting to over £35 was stolen from the travelling companions, including a gold watch alone worth £30, a gold chain valued at £4 and a ring costing 15 shillings. A few days later, on 14 December, the three this time headed south to Holborn. Here, James Forey was relieved of a dimity gown and petticoat worth 30 shillings, as well as other goods. Meanwhile, incensed by their loss in Hampstead, Cope and Young hired the services of Jonathan Wild, Thief-taker General, to bring the gang to justice.

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