* Date: Friday 3 January 2020, 5.30pm.
* Meet: Central Library, St Peter’s Square.
* Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.
Forget Jack the Ripper and the dark corners of the East End, Manchester is gloomier, seedier and more atmospheric.
It is also the setting for some really nasty stories which you can marvel at from the comfort that they happened many years ago and won’t happen again.
We’re talking about abductions, grave-robbing, cold-blooded murder from an axe-wielding maniac, cold-blooded murder from Britain’s worst serial killer (until another one came along) and the last “official” hangings on English soil.
We finish up in sight of Strangeways – only in sight of mind – and then you can go home.
* And if you think we shouldn’t be mentioning any of these things, as one daft guide claimed and a number of journalists have intimated, think again. It is precisely because people never said anything that many of these awful things happened. The other points are that Savile was treated as a hero and a national treasure for many years and Shipman was considered to be a great family doctor for instance. Someone has to explain this. Nobody else is brave enough.