A Prescription for Murder

The Victorian Serial Killings of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream

Angus McLaren

A Prescription for Murder
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Angus McLaren

234 pages | 5 halftones, 1 map, 8 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 1993
Paper $17.50 ISBN: 9780226560687 Published June 1995
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.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Dramatis Personae
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Afterword
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
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