A Prescription for Murder: The Victorian Serial Killings of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream (The Chicago Series on Sexuality, History, and 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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About the Author:

Angus McLaren

is a leading figure in the history of sexuality, professor emeritus of history at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the author of several books, including

The Trials of Masculinity: Policing of Sexual Boundaries, 1870–1930

;

A Prescription for Murder

; and

Impotence: A Cultural History

.

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Everyone is familiar with the case of Jack the Ripper, who, in 1888, gained notoriety (and legendary status) through his horrific murders. Why have we never heard of Dr. Cream, who only a few years later committed the same crimes, and many more of them? McLaren (history, Univ. of Victoria, British Columbia) offers a strictly factual rundown of Cream's use of strychnine on his patients, prostitutes, and possibly even his wife during a 16-year period. Our interest in the case is then developed and deepened by the second part of the book, in which McLaren investigates the societal backdrop against which the murders took place. McLaren outlines the position of women, and specifically prostitutes, at the time and gives an excellent chapter on illegal abortion that sheds light on what women endured to end pregnancies (some of Cream's victims came to him for abortion purposes). This is an excellent addition to academic and larger public collections.
- Linda Smith, Mobil Corp. Lib., Fairfax, Va.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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