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1888: London Murders in the Year of the Ripper

By Peter Stubley
epub
Format
2012
Year
English
Language
The History Press
Publisher

Summary

<P><B>The other, forgotten, murders of that infamous year, including a mutilated corpse at Scotland Yard, deadly assault, and infanticides</B></P><P>In 1888 Jack the Ripper made the headlines with a series of horrific murders that remain unsolved to this day. But most killers are not shadowy figures stalking the streets with a lust for blood. Many are ordinary citizens driven to the ultimate crime by circumstance, a fit of anger or a desire for revenge. Their crimes, overshadowed by the few, sensational cases, are ignored, forgotten, or written off. This book examines all the known murders in London in 1888 to build a picture of society. Who were the victims? How did they live, and how did they die? Why did a husband batter his wife to death after she failed to get him a cup of tea? How many died under the wheels of a horse-driven cab? Just how dangerous was London in 1888?

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