Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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Some time before the end of this review, I will have stated whodunit. This should not deter you from reading Kate Summerscale's book, because, as with all the best detective stories, the "who" is by no means the most interesting or salient revelation. Readers may flock to crime stories for the element of game-playing or puzzle, but such novels (and a lot of true crime, too) tell us more. They delineate a culture, comment on class and society, and ask their readers big questions about morality and human nature.
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The murder of a small boy at Road Hill House shocked Britain and was a cause célèbre even further afield. Dickens was intrigued by it, Wilkie Collins and others borrowed from it, and the public (through newspapers and broadsides) couldn't get enough of it. The detective at its centre was pilloried in Punch and retired a broken man, but even after the culprit was brought to justice (or, rather, walked towards it willingly) there were twists outstanding.
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On the morning of Saturday June 30 1860, Saville Kent, aged three years and 10 months, was found to be missing from his bed at Road Hill House, on the edge of the village of Road (these days renamed Rode), on the border between Wiltshire and Somerset. Before long his body was discovered by servants, stuffed down a makeshift toilet in the grounds of the house. His throat had been cut. The boy's father, Samuel Kent, was not well liked. His task was enforcing the 1833 Factory Act, which made him unpopular with employers and employees both. He also erected high fences around his home and added No Trespassing signs.