The wicked boy: the mystery of a Victorian child murderer

"This is a hopeful story – albeit about as terrible a crime as we can imagine": Kate Summerscale talks to Matt Elton about her new book exploring a case that shocked Victorian England – a young boy's murder of his mother – and its echoes in 21st-century fears...

Kate Summerscale. (Photo by Fran Monks)

This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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