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Cook, the Murderer, or the Leicester Tragedy: Being a Full and Faithful Account of the Horrible Assassination of Mr. John Pass, of London, on the 30th of May, 1832, Perpetrated by James Cook, of Leicester; with An authentic detail of the cruel means adopted by the murderer to accomplish the Bloody Deed, And of the inhuman Method which he used to dispose of the Body of his Murdered Victim; To which is added, the Singular Manner in which the Melancholy Fate of the Deceased Gentleman was discovered; The Flight of the Culprit, his Subsequent Apprehension at Liverpool, and his Confession of the Barbarous Fact, with his Trial, Conviction, Sentence, and Execution.
Derby: Published by Thomas Richardson. c. 1832 - First edition, 24pp., folding hand-coloured frontispiece depicting 5 scenes from the case (Cook the Murderer, Burning the Body, The Discovery, Cook Apprehended & The Confession), orig. printed wrappers, new spine. The rare account of the murder and trail which, due to Cook's spectacular method of disposing of the body, caused a sensation in the placid life of Leicester. This was further enhanced by a public execution with the body hanging in chains for three days, thousands came to attend. "James Cook was born at Anstey, a village outside Leicester, in 1811. Such education as he received was at the Sunday school there. The family later moved to Leicester where Cook was apprenticed to Samuel John, a bookbinder. Johnson died when Cook was about twenty one, and he was said have inherited the business. He bought some tools from John Paas, which were delivered in September, 1831 and it was payment for these that the latter called to collect in 1832. Cook later gave two accounts of what happened at the interview. The likelier one seems to be that he had decided to kill Pass for the money he would have on him from collecting accounts. Cook paid Paas his account and while he was writing the receipt (or possibly when he was examining some books afterwards) hit him on the back of the head with an iron press pin. He failed to kill him, and Paas grabbed up a hammer from the bench to defend himself, but was too weakened to do more than stagger to the door shouting 'Murder!' while Cook finished him off with further blows. Then he went out to the Flying Horse Inn, next door, and had a glass of brandy. No doubt he needed it. At ten o'clock he returned to the binding shop and proceeded to dismember the body and burn it. The fire blazed up to such an extent that the wife of the landlord of the Flying Horse thought Cook's chimney was on fire. She alerted her husband, and they and some others rushed up the stairs and burst open the door. They removed the flesh, put out the fire and sent for a constable."รข€"Docker, John Paas & James Cook, pp.19-22. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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