Constance Kent and the story of the crime she committed and that Murderesses' Later Years

It’s hard to imagine a book about an infamous murderess turned Australian nurse being anything other than scandalous. A Greater Guilt takes a measured look at the less chronicled half of Constance Kent’s life, finding change and complexity.
By: Noeline Kyle
Jan. 17, 2011 - PRLog -- Noeline Kyle interrogates the events of the gruesome murder  of Constance Kent’s  3 year-old half-brother Francis in Wiltshire, England in1860, her startling confession to the crime in 1865 and, links that brutal past to the later years of this woman who lived to 100 to outlive all of the protagonists of that event. Constance Kent  was sentenced to death this commuted to 20 years in English prison; she served every day of this before emigrating to Australia. On arrival she changed her name to Ruth Emilie Kaye and embarked on a long and successful career in nursing and administration which saw her serve in the Prince Henry Hospital (then the Coast Hospital) , the Parramatta Industrial School for Girls and a Nurses’ Home in Maitland.  A Greater Guilt  is a scholarly/popular history which takes this crime and tells the fascinating story of how as  Constance Kent  aged she changed in very significant ways, her secrets, and the family secrets of that terrible night in 1860,  become more opaque and the links to that terrible crime are drawn in more compelling and interesting ways.

Noeline interrogates the events of the murder  of Constance’s 3 year-old half-brother in Wiltshire, England in1860, her confession in 1865 and, linking that brutal past to the later years,  writes a fascinating story about Constance Kent’s life in prison and her more than 50 years in Australia.
Based on years of historical research Noeline has reconstructed the astonishing events of the Road murder and lives of the Kent family and their descendants -  and  writes a full and complete biography of Constance Emilie Kent, from her birth in 1844 to her death in 1944. A Greater Guilt offers new and controversial conclusions about the perpetrator of the crime, about family secrets, the myths of women’s lives and the making up of history. Professor Kyle is an honorary professor in the University of Sydney’s Nursing History Research Unit, based in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.

A Greater Guilt is available in bookshops

ISBN: 9781921555343
Price: $32.95  

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Noeline teachers writing history to the wider community. She is a professional historian and has published widely in all aspects of history.. Her latest book How to Write & Publish Family Stories in 10 Easy Steps to be published by UNSW Press in 2011.
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