Murder in the 19th century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous - transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama and opera - even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts.
In this meticulously researched and compelling book, Judith Flanders - author of THE VICTORIAN HOUSE - 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¡äs East End, Burke and Hare and their bodysnatching business in Edinburgh, and Greenacre who transported his dismembered fianc¨¦e around town by omnibus. (pb)