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Unconscious crime : mental absence and criminal responsibility in Victorian London

Author: Joel Peter Eigen
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
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"In Unconscious Crime, Joel Peter Eigen explores cases in which defendants did not conform to the Victorian legal system's existing definitions of insanity yet displayed compelling evidence of mental aberration. They were - or claimed to be - "missing," "absent," or "unconscious": lucid, though unaware of their actions." "Based on extensive research in the Old Bailey Sessions Papers (verbatim courtroom narratives  Read more...
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History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Eigen, Joel Peter, 1947-
Unconscious crime.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003
(DLC) 2003006215
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Peter Eigen
ISBN: 080188148X 9780801881480 0801874289 9780801874284
OCLC Number: 70737536
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 223 pages)
Contents: Double consciousness in the nineteenth century --
"Do you remember Cardiff?" --
"I mean she was quite absent" --
The princess and the cherry juice --
An unconscious poisoning --
Crimes of an automaton.
Responsibility: Joel Peter Eigen.
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