Murder in Notting Hill

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John Hunt Publishing, 2011 - Social Science - 196 pages
"At around midnight on May 17 1959, a white gang ambushed Antiguan carpenter Kelso Cochrane on a Notting Hill slum street. One of them plunged a knife into his heart. When the police failed to catch the killer, many black people believed it would have been different if the victim had been white. Murder in Notting Hill is a tale of crumbling tenements transformed into a millionaires' playground, of the district's fading white working class, and of a veil finally being lifted on the past."--P. [4] of cover.

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I lived in 17 Talbot Grove and as a 9 or 10 year old saw a lot of the goings on of the Bells and the Bakers, the youngest son of the Bakers was a bully, the father did actually eat a hamster, and would regularly do things like bite the heads off pigeons (he kept pigeons) for a party piece, my dad actually witnessed that.
A mob could gather in very short time, in Talbot Grove, there was a pub at one end which had a large hall for parties, and i saw an Irish wedding turn into a rout, by a large mob, the groom as well as others were slashed across the face and the bride was kicked repeatedly so that she fled into the building where she was kicked up the stairs.



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