The Halifax Slasher not Barkisland and Ripponden Slasher


Halifax folk dancing Stick men not Sword men

In November 1938 Gertie Watts and Mary Gledhill, were attacked by a man while walking in Old Bank Lane, between Barkisland and Ripponden. Local papers at the time christened it the Halifax Slasher case probably because the Barkisland and Ripponden Slasher wasn’t punchy enough (that is the old tabloid/broadsheet press for you).

In 2017 that true case formed the basis for a new book by Benjamin Myers
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These Darkening Days by Benjamin Myers a modern tale with ‘a series of unexplained vicious attacks occuring in a small northern town renowned for being a bohemian backwater.’ We can all guess where that is supposed to be. The story has a bachground from research into the Halifax Slasher and has been called part of the ‘rural noir genre’

Quoted sources include, The Haunts of the¬† Halifax Slasher by Tim Chapman published in the ‘Strange Attractor’ journal and ‘Weird Calderdale’. Do not get hysterical about the Halifax Slasher because it is believed that most if not all the original cases were based on group hysteria.

I have just finished reading the book and it is on the way to the chrity shop. I think someone else will also get enjoyment from this light but entertaining read.

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