As early railway travel became popular with the British travelling public, luggage thefts were common and violent robberies occurred from time to time. Many opponents of the railwayspainted a gloomy picture of the prospect which faced the lone passenger in the unlit carriages. Trains in those days were not corridor connected, and men were robbed and women assaulted often enough to provide pessimists and hostile sections of the press with plenty of material.
The first railway murder, however, did not occur until 1864. It was one of the most sensational crimes of the century.
This new documentary series, presented by Nicholas Day, looks at some of the murders that took place on the British Railway network from the 1800’s to the 1950’s.
FRANZ MULLER, THE FIRST RAILWAY MURDERER, 1864
THE ISSAC GOLD MURDER, 1881
POLICE KILLER, ELIJAH WINSTANLEY, 1895
DEATH OF JOHN NISBET, 1910
MURDER OF GEOFFREY DEAN, 1952
THE COUNTESS LUBIENSKA MURDER, 1957