The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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“A tour de force of storytelling.” —Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Gamache series
“Jobb’s excellent storytelling makes the book a pleasure to read.” —The New York Times Book Review
”When a doctor does go wrong, he is the first of criminals,” Sherlock Holmes observed during one of his most baffling investigations. “He has nerve and he has knowledge.” In the span of fifteen years, Dr. Thomas Neill Cream murdered as many as ten people in the United States, Britain, and Canada, a death toll with almost no precedent. Poison was his weapon of choice. Largely forgotten today, this villain was as brazen as the notorious Jack the Ripper.
Structured around the doctor’s London murder trial in 1892, when he was finally brought to justice, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream exposes the blind trust given to medical practitioners, as well as the flawed detection methods, bungled investigations, corrupt officials, and stifling morality of Victorian society that allowed Dr. Cream to prey on vulnerable and desperate women, many of whom had turned to him for medical help.
Dean Jobb transports listeners to the late nineteenth century as Scotland Yard traces Dr. Cream’s life through Canada and Chicago and finally to London, where new investigative tools called forensics were just coming into use, even as most police departments still scoffed at using science to solve crimes. But then, most investigators could hardly imagine that serial killers existed—the term was unknown. As the Chicago Tribune wrote, Dr. Cream’s crimes marked the emergence of a new breed of killer: one who operated without motive or remorse, who “murdered simply for the sake of murder.”
For fans of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, all things Sherlock Holmes, or the podcast My Favorite Murder, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream is an unforgettable true crime story from a master of the genre.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 43 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||July 15, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #62,577 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#141 in Serial Killers True Crime
#224 in Great Britain History (Audible Books & Originals)
#649 in Serial Killers True Accounts
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2021
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My only problem with the book was the switching of time periods in the narrative. The book starts with what happened in the 1890s, then provides a full narative of what happened in the 1880s before switching back to the 1890s. Yes, it would probably be difficult to provide a "straight through" narrative, but I still found that this time switch a bit tricky.
However, the author has done an amzing bit of research to enable the story, and must be congratulated on that score.
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on August 10, 2021