• The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders

    Subtitled : How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime

    In the 19th century murder as sensation and entertainment began and became ubiquitous – transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama and opera, and even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts. In this book, Judith Flanders retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder – both famous and obscure. From the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper, to the tragedies of the murdered Marr family in London’s East End, Burke and Hare and their bodysnatching business in Edinburgh, to Greenacre who transported his dismembered fiancée around town by omnibus.

    What a fascinating book for anyone interested in crimnology within history.

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    Judith Flanders uses a genius mix of wit and engaging plots, following through on famous historial crimes and murders within the victorian era. She shows how reporters had turned one person's tragic circumstances into a nations entertainment via the newspapers. Thinking about it, this book shines the reality onto why the victorian era was that of a so-called-gothic one, people back then seemed to thrive and reveal in the horrific gore that the likes of 'Jack the Ripper' and the 'Baby Killer' supplied with their psychotic acts.

    Flanders has thoroughly researched her topic and this shows with the weight of the book. She does not patronise her audience, the only downside to this book is the sheer size of it. I would say that this is a book for a dedicated reader to take onboard otherwise it is very easy to put down and not go back to.

    Anyone interested in crime, history or studying forensics, this book is a must have but it really does need to have a dedicated reader.

    4 Ms Winos


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