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A Prescription for Murder

The Victorian Serial Killings of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream

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 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.

234 pages | 5 halftones, 1 map, 8 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 1993

Gender and Sexuality

History: British and Irish History

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae
Pt. 1: The Crimes
1: The Time and Place
2: The Murders
3: The Police
4: The Suspect
5: The Trial
Pt. 2: The Context
6: Prostitution
7: Abortion
8: Blackmail
9: Doctors
10: Detectives
11: Degenerates
12: Women
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