The Killing of Julia Wallace
This classic work of true crime about the 1931 murder of Julia Wallace in Liverpool, England, established Jonathan Goodman as one of Britain’s most influential crime history writers. William Herbert Wallace was convicted of the brutal murder of his wife Julia and sentenced to death after a single hour of deliberation. In an unprecedented move, in May 1931, the Court of Criminal Appeal overturned the verdict on the grounds that it was "not supported by the weight of the evidence," and Wallace walked free—the first instance in British legal history where an appeal had been allowed after re-examination of the same evidence.
In his book, Goodman presents a close analysis of the evidence and the investigation conducted by the Liverpool police. First published in 1969, The Killing of Julia Wallace was immediately hailed as "the clearest, most balanced, and most readable dissection of a murder case that I have yet had the pleasure of reading," by Michael Gilbert in The Sunday Telegraph. The book points to a different suspect based on Goodman’s analysis and also provides a vivid social history of life in Liverpool during the 1930s.
Following Goodman’s death in 2008, Special Collections and Archives was able to purchase his personal papers and his estate sought out the Kent State University Press to publish new U.S. editions of several of his books, including The Killing of Julia Wallace. That is seen here along with the first edition, one of the published illustrations, and Goodman’s original manuscript for the book.
--Curated by Kathryn Clements
London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd.
323 pages,  pages of plates
Kent State University
Special Collections and Archives
From the library of Albert and Helen Borowitz
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KD373.W3 G66 1969
Image of 1969 edition in dust jacket together with Goodman's holograph manuscript and the Kent State University Press paperback reprint edition published in 2017.
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Curated by Kathleen Siebert Medicus with guest contributors