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Kate Summerscale

Kate Summerscale’s books include The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and The Wicked Boy, which was published last year.

‘Making a Murderer’

Kate Summerscale, 5 January 2017

The Netflix​ documentary series Making a Murderer opens with wobbly video footage of the release from jail of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man convicted in 1985 of violent sexual assault. He’d been in prison for 18 years, we learn, until advances in DNA technology revealed that he was innocent of the crime. Then a cello strikes up, and we cut to the succession of images that will open...

‘Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace’

Mary-Kay Wilmers, 11 October 2012

Amativeness was the cause of Isabella Robinson's disgrace: Soon after they met in Edinburgh, Combe examined Isabella’s skull. He informed her that she had an unusually large cerebellum, an...

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The First Detectives

Bee Wilson, 19 June 2008

‘The word “clue”,’ Kate Summerscale writes, ‘derives from “clew” meaning a ball of thread or yarn.’ In mid-Victorian England, clues were satisfying...

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Changelings, centaurs, ogres and elves may no longer inhabit the earth, but occasionally we run into their descendants: people so monstrous, incandescent, or freakishly themselves that only a...

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