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News: December 2019

Popular Poet and blogger publishes

Poet Carol Rumens, Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the School of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics closes 2019 with two well-received recently published books.

Publication date: 18 December 2019

The Holyhead Christmas Day Murder – 1909

On Boxing Day 1909 the residents of Holyhead awoke to shocking news. The previous night a 35 year old woman, Gwen Ellen Jones, had been brutally murdered. One newspaper graphically reported that her head had been nearly severed.  Her killer, 49 year old William Murphy, gave himself up and was committed for trial at Beaumaris Assizes on 26 January 1910.

William Murphy’s name has gained notoriety as the last man to be hanged at Caernarfon Gaol.  But what about the woman he killed? New research revealed by Bangor University’s Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book, focusses on written evidence to reveal the life of the victim of this violent crime.

Publication date: 16 December 2019

Conference: Ethnography and the Shifting Boundaries of Policing

Publication date: 3 December 2019