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Author Summerscale, Kate, 1965- author.

Title The wicked boy : an infamous murder in Victorian London / Kate Summerscale.

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Press, 2017.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Byron PL Adult Non Fiction - BYLY-14  364.1523 SUM    AVAILABLE
 Coal City PL Stacks - CCBB-2  364.1523 SUM    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-6  364.1523 SUM    AVAILABLE
 Woodstock PL Adult Non-Fiction - WOLY-11  364.1523 SUM    AVAILABLE
Description xix, 378 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table, maps ; 20 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-360) and index.
Summary In East London in the summer of 1895, Robert Coombes (age thirteen) and his brother Nattie (age twelve) were arrested for matricide and sent for trial at the Old Bailey. Robert confessed to having stabbed his mother, but his lawyers argued that he was insane. The judge sentenced him to detention in Broadmoor, the most infamous criminal lunatic asylum in the land. Shockingly, Broadmoor turned out to be the beginning of a new life for Robert. At a time of great tumult and uncertainty, Robert Coombes's case crystallized contemporary anxieties about the education of the working classes, the dangers of pulp fiction, and evolving theories of criminality, childhood, and insanity. With riveting detail and rich atmosphere, Summerscale re-creates this terrible crime and its aftermath, uncovering an extraordinary story of man's capacity to overcome the past.
Subject Coombes, Robert, 1882-1949 -- Childhood and youth.
Coombes, Nathaniel, 1883-1946 -- Childhood and youth.
Coombes, Robert, 1882-1949 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Coombes, Nathaniel, 1883-1946 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Juvenile homicide -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
Murder -- Investigation -- England -- London -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780143110460

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