The Murder of Gascoyne Gascoyne - part one
At the death of his mother, Israel Rank realises that he is the distant heir to a Dukedom; the hereditary line having been granted the right through the female line by an earlier Royal command. But his mother had eloped and thus been dismissed by her aristocratic family. This snub together with the resulting reduced circumstances of his upbringing, starts him out on a dramatic course of action. Through charm and deceit he works his way through the elimination of all those are in line before him. My reading of chapter six of the book “Israel Rank” describes the first murder. Written by Roy Horniman and published in 1907, it was later made into the Ealing film, “Kind Hearts And Coronets” in 1949.