The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher

Deborah Findlay reads from Kate Summerscale's account of a Victorian murder case that gripped the nation.

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On a summer night in 1860, a gruesome murder takes place in a remote Georgian country house.

The household reverberates with shock, not least because is seems the murderer is still among them.

Jack Whicher of Scotland Yard, the most celebrated detective of his day, is called to the scene.

With only an inept local police force to help him, he faces an unenviable task.

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Scotland Yard's top detective probes a gruesome 1860 country house murder.

Deborah Findlay reads Kate Summerscale's account.

Scotland Yard's top detective probes a gruesome 1860 country house murder. Deborah Findlay reads Kate Summerscale's account.

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Certain that the local police's chief suspect is innocent, Whicher begins to piece together the family history of those at Road Hill House.

Before long, he uncovers a web of deception and concealment going back decades.

Finally, convinced that his instincts are correct, he makes an arrest that shocks disbelieving locals.

Mounting suspicion in a notorious Victorian murder case leads the inspector to make a shocking arrest.

Read by Deborah Findlay.

Mounting suspicion in a Victorian murder case leads the inspector to make an arrest.

Mounting suspicion in a notorious Victorian murder case leads the inspector to make a shocking arrest. Read by Deborah Findlay.

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20120606 (BBC7)

Whicher's prime suspect Constance Kent is brought before the judge at Temperance Hall to face questions about the murder of her younger brother Saville.

After a convincing performance by her defence team, Whicher's case seems to be crumbling.

With the release of both Constance and the local police's suspect, nursemaid Elizabeth Gough, the truth seems as elusive as ever.

Detective Inspector Jack Whicher's prime murder suspect faces questions about the gruesome killing.

Read by Deborah Findlay.

Detective Inspector Whicher's murder suspect faces questions about the gruesome killing.

Detective Inspector Jack Whicher's prime murder suspect faces questions about the gruesome killing. Read by Deborah Findlay.

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20120607 (BBC7)

Constance Kent confesses to the murder.

After a short trial, the death sentence is passed, but Queen Victoria spares her life.

It is only after the trial that Constance's motives begin to come to light, and the case is by no means satisfactorily concluded.

Years after the gruesome killing, there's a surprise confession - but does it explain what happened? Read by Deborah Findlay.

Years after the killing there's a surprise confession - but does it explain what happened?

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Only in 1928, with the arrival of an anonymous letter from Sydney, do the real events at Road Hill House back in 1860 finally come to light.

Years after the murder confession, a letter reveals the truth.

Years after the murder confession, a letter reveals the truth. Deborah Findlay concludes Kate Summerscale's account. Episode 5 of 5.