This book was a little dry than the other non fiction accounts I had read this crime month Unlike the others the focus wasn t on the crimes themselves but on the reater social context that had a part in bringing the crimes aboutthis book was similar to the Poisoner s handbook in that it contained a serial killer who used Strychnine in his murders However unlike the Handbook it wasn t completely about the detectives toxicologists and medical examiners who made it possible to catch the crim but about women who although completely unrecognized acted as witnesses and at times bait to catch the man who was hunting them I found a lot of frightening similarities between the culture at the time of these murders to the current climate in the United States In part Cream must. From 1877 to 1892 Dr Thomas Neill Cream murdered seven women all prostitutes or patients seeking abortions in England and North America A Prescription for Murder begins with Angus McLaren.
Be warned this book is one scholar s statement of society than a true crime story and is in no way captivating in its telling The first half of the book is dedicated to Cream s killings and has a disappointingly scattered and rushed job feel to it while the second half is a better written but very detailed thesis like look at the societal influences McLaren believes bred monsters like Cream Jack the Ripper and Dr Edward William Pritchard In this manner the author uses the history of women s roles medicine police work and law and even the environmental landscape in his claims as to what may have compelled Cream s actions but are those really justificationsTo sum up a pedantic yet intriguing case study in which I wish Part One was as ripping as Part Two was educationa. Sexual tensions and fears McLaren explores how the roles of murderer and victim were created and how similar tensions might contribute to the onslaught of serial killing in today's socie.
Have felt his murders were justified and in fact called for by the society in which he lived where the women he preyed upon those seeking abortions or working as prostitutes were marginalized and criminalized by society I m sure much violence towards marginalized roups within the United States are thought of by their actors to be justified within this social landscape Very frighteningI found this a very interesting study based completely in fact unlike similar works on the famous Jack the Ripper Cream is one of the multitude of suspects for the Jack the Ripper murders so I ve included this on my JtR shelf The true story of Dr Thomas Neill Cream a 19th century serial killer whose weapon of choice was to poison by strychnine and whose victims were women of ill repute. 's vividly detailed story of the killings Using press reports and police dossiers McLaren investigates the links between crime and respectability to reveal a remarkable range of Victorian.