19 July 2013

Playing Cops and Robbers in Camberwell

On this week's show we talked about people who were born in Camberwell.
This included a couple of people who were incredibly successful operating on different sides of the law.
Tilly Devine was born in Matilda Mary Twiss in Camberwell in 1900, she married Jim Devine at the Sacred Heart Church on Camberwell New Road in 1917 and the pair soon embarked on a life of crime, with Tilly serving time for prostitution, theft and assault in Bow Street.
The pair moved to Australia in 1920 setting themselves up as some of the most notorious criminals that Sydney had ever seen.
Conversely, Jack Whicher was born in Camberwell in 1814 and went on to become one of the founding members of the Detective Branch at Scotland Yard in 1842.
Whicher was an incredibly successful detective and has been inspirational to writers such as Charles Dickens, Colin Dexter and R.D. Wingfield when they came to create their own fictional detectives.
However his career was defined by the Murder at Road Hill House, a case he failed to solve, although his deductions about the case were all later confirmed.
The case was the subject of the book 'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher' by Kate Summerscale and Paddy Considine played Whicher in a recent television adaptation of the book.

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