Crime in verse connects innovations in Victorian poetry to developments in the discourse of crime interrelated and often contradictory concepts.
Serial murder metropolitan popular culture necessitated dramatic shifts in the tale of serial killing and narratives of violence in the nineteenth-century.
In Victorian society, many criminologists assumed that murder was essentially a masculine form of behaviour; Madeleine Hamilton Smith proves them wrong.
Mary Ann Cotton’s Arsenic Killings In The Victorian Era
The 1752 Murder Act brought two post-execution punishments — dissection and hanging in chains — as an integral part of sentences for capital murder.
Rather than being established as the demonic other that must be exorcised, the serial killer is identified as society’s “monstrous progeny.”