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From 1877 to 1892, Dr. Thomas Neill Cream murdered seven women, all prostitutes or patients seeking abortions, in England and North America. A Prescription for Murder begins with Angus McLaren's vividly detailed story of the killings. Using press reports and police dossiers, McLaren investigates the links between crime and respectability to reveal a remarkable range of VicFrom 1877 to 1892, Dr. Thomas Neill Cream murdered seven women, all prostitutes or patients seeking abortions, in England and North America. A Prescription for Murder begins with Angus McLaren's vividly detailed story of the killings. Using press reports and police dossiers, McLaren investigates the links between crime and respectability to reveal a remarkable range of Victorian sexual tensions and fears. McLaren explores how the roles of murderer and victim were created, and how similar tensions might contribute to the onslaught of serial killing in today's society....

Title : A Prescription for Murder: The Victorian Serial Killings of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream
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ISBN : 9780226560687
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 234 Pages
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A Prescription for Murder: The Victorian Serial Killings of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream Reviews

  • Hollowspine
    2018-11-30 03:50

    This book was a little more dry than the other non-fiction accounts I had read this crime month. Unlike the others the focus wasn't on the crimes themselves, but on the greater social context that had a part in bringing the crimes about.this book was similar to the Poisoner's handbook in that it contained a serial killer who used Strychnine in his murders. However, unlike the Handbook it wasn't completely about the detectives, toxicologists and medical examiners who made it possible to catch the crim, but about women who, although completely unrecognized, acted as witnesses and at times bait to catch the man who was hunting them. I found a lot of frightening similarities between the culture at the time of these murders to the current climate in the United States. In part Cream must have felt his murders were justified and in fact called for by the society in which he lived, where the women he preyed upon (those seeking abortions or working as prostitutes) were marginalized and criminalized by society. I'm sure much violence towards marginalized groups within the United States are thought of by their actors to be justified within this social landscape. Very frightening.I found this a very interesting study, based completely in fact, unlike similar works on the more famous "Jack the Ripper."

  • Cory
    2018-11-19 00:56

    Very cool, first-had approach to mass crime in 1880s-90s London. The amount of primary accounts is incredible. Everyone from the tribunal-goer to the maid who saw something suspicious as she was leaving her duties is heard here. Who would've known such trivial testimonials were still available?

  • Keith Bowden
    2018-12-10 05:51

    Cream is one of the multitude of suspects for the Jack the Ripper murders, so I've included this on my JtR shelf.