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crazy, sloppy, stupid & he still got away with it. WTF?!
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2021
before the internet, crime data bases, DNA testing, on the cusp of forensic science, and a thickly opaque malleable justice system, you could get away with darn nigh anything - that's the takeaway from this book; that, and if you were superficially respectable - meaning male, white, and wealthy. never heard of Dr. Cream and while he murdered, a lot, he poisoned, so his crimes were not as sensational as that of his predecessor [and were not always IDd as crimes] - the less prolific Mr. Ripper [targeted area, probably the same guy, short span of time]. almost always under the influence, Cream was crazy and he talked crazy on sensational and unsavory subjects yet people not only tolerated him, sometimes they befriended him - not discussed in the book, but before porn and smut in the privacy of your own computer, he probably scratched an itch which helps understand why people didn't report him more often, that and Victorian reticence. Murderous stints in the US, Canada, and London [where cumulative effects and different judicial standards lead to different outcomes]. pretty long book - 300+ pages excluding notes - but attention keepingly told. digressions set the context and don't get out of hand. some of the illustrations are dubious and poorly produced [London street scenes etc], but the ones of the Dr taken by pros when he had money to burn are fabulous - what a fashion plate! engaged at least 3 times i seem to recall, he obviously had something.