The Victorians’ grisly fascination with murder

Clive Bloom lifts the lid on the Victorians' grisly fascination with murder – from the case of the constable-killer who believed he was Christ to the ruthless conman who drowned his wives in the bath...

The Victorians' grisly fascination with murder. (Illustration by Ben Jones for BBC History Magazine)

This article was first published in the February 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

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During the 18th century, one sure-fire way of garnering the acclaim of your fellow countrymen – and, if you were lucky, earning a fast buck – was to carve out for yourself a career in crime.

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