The Criminal of the Century

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Arcadia / Australian Scholarly, 2006 - Murder - 301 pages
This is a historical true crime book. Covering the life ofFrederick Deeming who, at the end of the 19th century,became the most notorious criminal in Australia. Executedfor the murder of his wife, Emily, (whose naked body wasdiscovered with a fractured skull and cut throat under thehearthstone of their rented house) it was later discoveredthat he had murdered his first wife and their four youngchildren in England. The story got more outlandish as he wasalso found to exist under the pseudonym Baron Swanston andbecame a suspect for the Jack The Ripper murders. This storyis fascinating in its own right but also casts a light onthe attitudes of the Australian public & media of the time.With the current obsession with True Crime that exists inthe Australian media it is very interesting to see how wedealt with similar events over 100 years ago.

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