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The invention of murder : how the Victorians revelled in death and detection and created modern crime

Author: Judith Flanders
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2013. ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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In this exploration of murder in the nineteenth century, Judith Flanders explores some of the most gripping cases that fascinated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fiction. She retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder--both famous and obscure--from the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper to the tragedies of the murdered Marr family in London's East End;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Flanders
ISBN: 9781250024879 1250024870
OCLC Number: 811597750
Notes: Originally published: 2011.
Description: xi, 556 pages ; illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Imagining murder --
Trial by newspaper --
Entertaining murder --
Policing murder --
Panic --
Middle-class poisoners --
Science, technology and the law --
Violence --
Modernity.
Responsibility: Judith Flanders.

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In this exploration of murder in the nineteenth century, Judith Flanders explores some of the most gripping cases that fascinated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fiction. She retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder--both famous and obscure--from the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper to the tragedies of the murdered Marr family in London's East End; Burke and Hare and their bodysnatching business in Edinburgh; and Greenacre, who transported his dismembered fiancee around town by omnibus. With an irresistible cast of swindlers, forgers, and poisoners, the mad, the bad and the dangerous to know, "The Invention of Murder" is both a gripping tale of crime and punishment, and history at its most readable.

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