Victorian Murders

17 Nov

“Victorian Murders” by Roy Harley Lewis is a book I outright did not like.

What should have been an interesting read on murders during the Victorian period was marred by the author’s judgemental attitude.

I began to have qualms when I came across the following in the preface: “Without minimising the effects of the wide spread terror created by the Whitechapel murders, at least the victims belonged to the very cesspit of society, ie they were pitiful creatures for whom death was a merciful release from a nightmare on earth.”

No, just no! That is not on. The book was written in the 1980s and such an attitude wasn’t acceptable even then.

By the time the author began banging on about people he considered guilty of murder, regardless of the fact that they had been found not guilty by the courts, I had had enough.

This is one book that I did not finish, and I cannot in all good conscience recommend.

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