Amelia Dyer: Angel Maker : The Woman Who Murdered Babies for Money

By (author) Vale, Allison; By (author) Rattle, Alison

See this lady? You would NOT want to lock horns with her. You certainly wouldn't give her your baby. But in the late nineteenth century, that's exactly what a lot of women did. Why? Because in an era when having a child out of wedlock was so severely frowned upon, Amelia Dyer took advantage of this. She advertised in the press offering to "adopt" unwanted babies, charged the poor grief - stricken mums GBP 10 for the privilege, took the wee babes off their hands - and then drowned them in the River Thames. Pocketing the cash, she strangled her victims with white tape, then wrapped their bodies either in brown parcel paper or in a carpet bag, to be recovered only weeks - or months - later. As well as relating the story, the authors explore the circumstances that enabled such crimes to be committed. Unregulated "adoption" was a widely acknowledged problem. The Child Protection Act did not yet exist. In Mrs Dyer's case, though, such shameless profiteering did not, ultimately, go unpunished: the police finally located Mrs Dyer, kept her under surveillance and then mounted a "sting" operation, using a young woman to pose as a potential customer. Amelia Dyer was arrested when she opened her front door to find two policemen on her doorstep. Finally confessing, she said, "You'll know all mine by the tape around their necks." She was hanged in 1896.

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書名 Amelia Dyer: Angel Maker : The Woman Who Murdered Babies for Money
著作者等 Rattle, Alison
Vale, Allison
書名別名 The Woman Who Murdered Babies for Money
出版元 Ltd
刊行年月 2013.04.25
版表示 Large Print 16 pt
ページ数 462p
大きさ H254 x W197
ISBN 9781459662452
言語 英語
出版国 カナダ