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Palmistry

Arrested for Palmistry at St John's College

St John's College, St. Giles, Oxford

In 1893 a woman was fined 10 shillings for practicing 'unlawful and subtle craft' in the gardens of St. John's College.

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Railway Disaster at Bicester

Bicester Railway Station, London Rd, Bicester

In 1861 a misunderstanding between station staff and a train driver cost the lives of 6 people at Bicester railway station.

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A Suicide Buried at the Crossroads

B4022, Charlbury

The crossroads known as 'Condive's Corner' is believed to be haunted by a suicide. Or was it a murder?

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'She dared me to do it': Murder at Horley

Horley, Banbury

In May 1952 Oliver Butler strangled Rose Meadows. He told police she was obsessed with death and had egged him on to killer her. Was he telling the truth?

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'Death by misadventure' at RAF Abingdon

RAF Abingdon

On 5 April 1939 Pilot Officer paid the ultimate price for his inadequate flight suit during bombing practice over Abingdon Airfield.

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Bullingdon Club in 'Orgy of Destruction' at Christ Church

Christ Church College, St Aldates, Oxford

After a drunken dinner party, members of the exclusive Bullingdon Club smashed all 468 windows in the main quad at Christ Church College.

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Sandford Lasher

Sandford Lasher: Oxfordshire's Most Deadly Water?

Sandford Lock, Sandford-on-Thames, Oxford

The weir known as Sandford Lasher has a terrible reputation for taking the lives of unwary swimmers, including the boy who inspired 'Peter Pan'.

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Highwayman

Highwaymen of Shotover

Old Road, Shotover Country Park

The old road through Shotover Forest was in the past notorious as a haunt of highwaymen looking to steal from unwary travellers.

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