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This heading takes in a wide variety of books, each of which contains a detailed account of an individual case. The subjects cover the infamous and notorious crimes and criminals from around the world over many centuries. We have catalogued hundreds of titles over the years and the following is a sample selection:

An example of the cover of one of our Classic Cases CollectionMcLaren:  A PRESCRIPTION FOR MURDER.  The Victorian Serial Killings of Dr Thomas Neill Cream. xv+217pp+illus.  FINE in d/w.  University of Chicago Press. 1993.

From 1877 to 1892 Cream murdered seven women, mainly prostitutes, in England and North America.  His favourite weapon was strychnine.  Using press reports and police dossiers, the author relates the background story of the first well-documented serial murders and gives a powerful picture of Victorian London attitudes which made Cream’s dreadful deeds possible. Includes Select Bibliography and Index.

 

An example of the cover of one of our Classic Cases CollectionRyan/Havers:  THE POISONED LIFE OF MRS MAYBRICK.  292pp+illus. VG in d/w.  William Kimber. 1977.

The dramatic story of American Florence Maybrick who was accused of poisoning her husband with arsenic in Liverpool in 1889. James Maybrick was in fact a regular user of arsenic-based drugs.  She faced a prejudiced court which condemned her association with a lover, yet her husband had kept a mistress for many years and had several children from the relationship.  A brilliant reconstruction of Mrs Maybrick’s tragic life, the sensational trial and aftermath. Includes Bibliography and Index.

 

An example of the cover of one of our Classic Cases CollectionWoodruff: THE TICHBORNE CLAIMANT.  A Victorian Mystery.  xx+479pp+illus.VG in slightly worn d/w.  Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, N.Y. 1957.

The amazing story of Arthur Orton who claimed to be the missing heir to the Tichborne Estate. He arrived in England thirteen years after Sir Roger Tichborne disappeared, given up as drowned. Roger’s mother, the family doctor and solicitor all identified him as the missing man, but the other relatives vigorously fought his claims.  The case caused a sensation in Victorian England. The book follows the Claimant from his first claim to be Tichborne to his death 33 years later, with a detailed investigation taken from family and legal papers.

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