The London Monster: Terror on the Streets in 1790

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Da Capo Press, 2005 - Criminals - 287 pages

Between 1788 and 1790 a bizarre serial attacker known as the London Monster assaulted more than 50 women. During his two-year reign of terror the London Monster became a psychopathic celebrity, both celebrated and condemned in plays, newspapers and caricatures. The farcical search for the Monster culminated in the arrest and trial of a young Welshman named Rhynwick Williams, who despite good alibis, was condemned. The story has remarkable parallels to our time: a police force unable to find their man, a tabloid press frenzy that sold newspapers and generated a climate of fear, a need to convict someone at all costs, even if the evidence was questionable...

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About the author (2005)

Jan Bondeson, M.D., also holds a Ph.D. in experimental medicine. He is the author of "A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities" & other works.

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