8 July 2010
Show More The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain Was Poisoned at Home, Work and Play by James Whorton.
Oxford, 412 pp., £16.99, January 2010, 978 0 19 957470 4Show More
“... Ripper, Neill Cream, Mrs Maybrick, Dr Crippen, Seddon, Joseph Smith, Armstrong, and Bywaters and Thompson. Orwell discounts Jack the Ripper as an altogether special artisan of murder, but of the remaining eight, six were poisoners. The perfect murderer, he explains, was one who would satisfy the requirements of the reader of the News of the World, settled ...”