The Secret Poisoner

The Secret Poisoner

A Century of Murder

Book - 2016
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Murder by poison alarmed, enthralled, and in many ways encapsulated the Victorian age. Linda Stratmann's dark and splendid social history reveals the nineteenth century as a gruesome battleground where poisoners went head-to-head with authorities who strove to detect poisons, control their availability, and bring the guilty to justice. She corrects many misconceptions about particular poisons and documents how the evolution of issues such as marital rights and the legal protection of children impacted poisonings. Combining archival research with a novelist's eye, Stratmann charts the era's inexorable rise of poison cases both shocking and sad.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2016
ISBN: 9780300204735
0300204736
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Stra
Characteristics: xii, 328 pages, [16 unnumbered pages of plates] : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm

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OllPuff9
Jul 25, 2017

If by "century" you mean the 1800s and if by "world" you mean England, then this book is for you. Read the first two chapters and then gave up. Every story the same. And the science is downright painful to read. Another book is available at OPL that better details the forensics of poisons and how tests came to be far more accurate than 100 years ago. And most of it takes place in NY City.

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