Magnificent study of the infamous babyfarmer Amelia Dyer,
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This review is from: The Woman Who Murdered Babies for Money: The Story of Amelia Dyer (Paperback)
This is a very well written and researched book that chronicles the life and murderous activities of Amelia Dyer who is perhaps not as well remembered as the equally abominable Mary Ann Cotton (born Mary Ann Robson; 31 October 1832 - 24 March 1873) yet her crimes when discovered shocked and horrified late Victorian London who judging by the archive newspaper reports had a morbid fascination with her activities and for a while at least Dyer enjoyed the attention of her own notoriety
Amelia Dyers life is a grim story of survival in a era of grinding poverty and her descent into baby farming, murder and her execution is both grueling and fascinating reading .
Dyer comes over as a extremely evil callous woman who could act convincingly as a loving 'grandmother ' with such conviction that mothers instantly trusted her with their children's welfare and yet Dyer could write letters reassuring the children where safe and looked after when she had already slowly garroted them with lace and disposed of the bodies
Dyer was a prolific killer who may have slain hundreds of infants in a reign of terror over thirty years Yet she was human well read and educated and as the authors state a very complex individual who kept many dark secrets till the end
A fine biography and difficult to put down so five stars