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Chilling, disturbing and full of morbid fascination.,
This review is from: Amelia Dyer: Angel Maker: The Woman Who Murdered Babies for Money (Hardcover)
I've wanted this book for years. I too read the Daily Mail's feature and have been hooked on this woman ever since. I love learning about the sinister and harrowing streets of our Victorian England and this era holds some pretty horrific tales. If you love history and period murders like Jack The Ripper or the brutal child murder of Fanny Adams then I am sure you will find this book fascinating. I was hooked within the first few pages and read it cover to cover in 2 sittings. The sad fact of the matter is Amelia Dyer and the whole subject of baby farming wasn't an isolated case she was just the one who got caught. The manner in which it was carried out and how unattatched people were back then is chilling. It describes how in London at this time people would 'regularly step over dead children left in the gutter'. This was England part of The Empire how could such things happen?
You can't help but feel for all these souls and all the mothers who lost their children yet you can't stop reading and finding out who will be her next victim.
A fantastic and educational read exploring the boundries of our social and custodial system.