Online Talk – The story of the robbery and brutal murder, in 1918, of the shopkeeper Rhoda Walker, by two soldiers, Cardwell and Barrett.

The story of the robbery and brutal murder, in 1918, of the shopkeeper Rhoda Walker, by two soldiers, Cardwell and Barrett.

It tells who were Cardwell and Barrett, and who was Mrs Walker. It details the discovery and scene of the crime, the police investigation which followed and the flight and ultimate apprehension of the culprits. Described are the three associated court cases: the inquest, the committal, and the final trial including the evidence presented, Barrett’s confession, the verdict and sentence.

Also discussed are some legal aspects of the case together with an examination of the evidence and a timeline from crime to execution of the culprits.

Biography: I’ve a life-long interest in history, especially local and social history, the kind that relates to real people and I love sharing my passion with others. I’ve been actively engaged in family and local history for over thirty years and have written many articles for various publications on some of the subjects of my talks. I am a former trustee of the Federation of Family History Societies; a trustee of the Pontefract & Ackworth Almshouse Charity and secretary of the Pontefract & District Family History Society. Until 2016 I had been a magistrate for twenty four years and I have a keen interest in the history of the office of Justice of the Peace. I enjoy travel, meeting new people, helping them in their research and talking to them about subjects that interest me, and which hopefully they will also find interesting. All talks are accompanied by extensive Power Point presentations.

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