Victorian criminals often got away with murder. The
police often made mistakes, forensic science was in
its infancy and juries convicted people on the flimsiest
of evidence. The wrong people were hanged at the gallows.
In this fresh look at 12 unsolved murder cases, Jon
Sutherland reviews the stories, evidence and trials
to shed new light on the verdicts passed by the judges
and juries of the 19th century. The killings attributed
to Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel are the most famous
unsolved Victorian murders, but few people know the
extent of the doubts surrounding the case. Make up
your own mind after reading Jon Sutherland's detailed
survey of the material.
In Unsolved Victorian Murders Jack the Ripper
appears alongside less well-known but equally fascinating
characters. Did Madeleine Smith poison her lover with
arsenic in a cup of cocoa? How did a blind man in
Bristol throw his younger, fitter rival through a
narrow window? What really happened in the woods of
the Ardlamont estate in Scotland the morning Cecil
Hambrough was shot? Read the stories, examine the
evidence and decide for yourself.