Havering Museum is delighted to welcome Linda Stratmann to the Museum on Wednesday 6 July for a lecture titled Essex Murders. In this lecture Linda seeks to reveal the murky criminal heritage behind Essex’s seemingly peaceful facade.
In the run-up to this fascinating lecture, we asked Linda how she first began her research into the darker side of Essex history…
How did you first become interested in the history of Essex Murders?
I was browsing Victorian newspapers when I discovered the story of Matilda Griggs in Buckhurst Hill. I wrote Essex Murders because it gave me the chance to write Matilda’s amazing story.
What is your favourite story about Essex crime?
From Essex Murders it’s Sweet Lass of Buckhurst Hill, and in More Essex Murders, The Love Match, another case I discovered. Finding out what happens to people after the events can be very surprising!
To what extent did your knowledge about Essex Murders influence your Victorian novel?
The novel is set in Bayswater, as I liked its feel of being both London and a small town, so my sleuth hasn’t gone to Essex yet, but I don’t rule it out in future. I like to weave real events into my fiction so who knows?
What is your favourite memory of Havering?
I have visited many times to give talks and I always have a wonderful time. People are so welcoming and interested in what I have to say.
If you wish to discover more about Essex Murders book a space at Linda Stratmann’s lecture on Wednesday 6 July. The lecture begins at 6 pm. For more information or to book please phone Havering Museum during its opening hours on 08452 707 737.