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A Prescription for Murder: The Victorian Serial Killings of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream (The Chicago Series on Sexuality, History, and Society) Paperback – 1 Jun 1995


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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; New edition edition (1 Jun. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226560686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226560687
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
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Between 1877 and 1892, Dr Thomas Neill Cream murdered seven women, all prostitutes or patients seeking abortions, in England and North America. Using press reports and police dossiers, this account of the killings investigates the links between crime and respectability to reveal a remarkable range of Victorian sexual tensions and fears. The author explores how the roles of murderer and victim were created, and how similar tensions might contribute to the increase in serial killing in modern society.

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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.

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