The paths of a secret paramour, a jilted lover and a reluctant hangman cross in one fateful winter week in Galway, 1885
James Berry was the notorious hangman who ended the lives of over 100 criminals in Victorian Britain and Ireland. Tortured by nightmares as he tried to come to terms with the toll his gruesome work took on him, he played a central role in some of the crimes of the century, including the hanging of William Bury, the man suspected of being Jack the Ripper.
The Hangman Who Came to Galway focuses on a winter week in Irish history where Berry was tasked with bringing to a conclusion the case of two notorious murders in Galway, keeping readers transfixed as they journey with this fascinating character through nineteenth-century Ireland in all its gruesome glory.
Dean Ruxton is a writer and journalist from Dublin. He worked with Hot Press magazine, before joining The Irish Times as a digital journalist in 2014. Since then, his byline has appeared in nearly every section of the site, but his name is mostly associated with the Lost Leads archive series – a retelling of some of the lesser-known stories that have appeared in the paper since 1859.