By Anna Lee Huber
whereas Kiera understands that assisting in one other inquiry will merely additional tarnish her popularity, her wisdom of anatomy can make the variation in fixing the case. yet agreeing to enquire capability Kiera needs to take care of the advanced feelings aroused in her by means of inquiry agent Sebastian Gage.
whilst Gage arrives, he finds that the incident on the Abbey used to be no longer the first—some fiend is digging up outdated bones and protecting them for ransom. Now Kiera and Gage needs to seize the grave robber and placed the case to rest…before one other sufferer lands up six toes under.
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He also attempted to make it look as if there had been a break-in and robbery, but valuables found secreted in the wainscoting of Courvoisier’s pantry only caused the finger of blame to level more against him. Tried and found guilty of the murder of his master, Courvoisier subsequently confessed to the crime and was executed outside Newgate Prison on 6 July 1840. The execution drew a massive crowd, estimated at 40,000; among them were two great authors, Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray, who would both write about their revulsion of the spectacle they saw that day.
I said ‘If you strike me again, I will cry Murder’. He retorted ‘If you do, I will knock your brains out through the window’. He also added ‘I hope I shall find you dead in the morning’. He then kicked me on the left side which caused me much pain, and he immediately stooped down to untie his boots. I was such enraged and in an ungovernable passion, on being so abused and struck, I directly seized an hatchet which was lying close to where I sat and which I had been using to break coal with to keep up the fire and keep his supper warm, and with it [the hatchet] I struck him several violent blows on the head, I could not say how many.
Despite fleeing from the scene, Rouse was soon traced and arrested. In his statement, Rouse claimed that he had picked the stranger up during a drive to Leicester. He had stopped the car to relieve himself and while doing so, the stranger lit a cigarette and the car burst in flames. His story was not believed and his antics with his ‘harem’ did not endear him to anyone. The forensic evidence was against him as well; the nut that controlled the flow of petrol in the car had clearly been forced to allow petrol to flow dangerously into the motor.