Martin Baggoley was born in Eccles, Lancashire and after leaving the local grammar school he worked as a civil servant for a number of years. For a while he lived in Surrey and although he returned north he has retained strong links with the county. He has worked as a probation officer in Manchester for more than thirty years and gained a masters degree in criminology. He has had an interest in the history of crime and punishment and has written extensively on the subject for many magazines in the UK and USA. He is the author of several true crime books and is especially interested in the nineteenth century. He is married with two adult children and lives in Ramsbottom.