Classic Crimes

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New York Review of Books, 2000 - True Crime - 560 pages
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Dorothy Sayers called William Roughead "the best showman who ever stood before the door of the chamber of horrors," and his true crime stories, written in the early 1900s, are among the glories of the genre. Displaying a meticulous command of evidence and unerring dramatic flair, Roughead brings to life some of the most notorious crimes and extraordinary trials of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and Scotland. Utterly engrossing, these accounts of pre-meditated mayhem and miscarried justice also cast a powerful light on the evil that human beings, and human institutions, find both tempting to contemplate and all too easy to do.
  

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User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

This book is a classic. Roughead wrote of famous (read infamous) crimes that took place in Scotland in the mid to late 19th Century. For those who love British true crime, this a must have reference ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

True crime stories from the Victorian and Edwardian era. Roughead is a bit florid in his descriptions--to say the least--but the best of these tell the story clearly, with only a modicum of side ... Read full review

Contents

Deacon Brodie
35
The West Port Murders
85
To Meet Miss Madeleine Smith
129
Constance Kents Conscience
171
The Sandyford Mystery
217
The Balham Mystery
263
Dr Pritchard Revisited
303
The Arran Murder
347
The Ardlamont Mystery
379
The Slater Case
465
The Merrett Mystery
517
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Roughead studied law and became an expert in criminology.

Luc Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, and, most recently, Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces 1990-2005. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.

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