The new issue of Inside History focuses on the theme of Crime and the Underworld as we delve deep into the murky world of murderers, thieves and gangs.
Our title article takes us to Fall River, Massachusetts to revisit the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden. With their own daughter, Lizzie Borden, the prime suspect, we mainly focus our attention on the several trials she endured for the murders. Although acquitted of the crime, she has faced the trials of public opinion, media, films and history. Even today, she continues to face trial for a crime that happened back in 1892.
Dr Rebecca Frost takes a closer look at how H.H Holmes was able to create his own myth surrounding his crimes and in doing so, perhaps became more famous in the newspapers than any other killer in the USA.
Some murders are more simple in their motives than others. Money is often a key to crime. Burke and Hare were no different only their occupation was somewhat more sinister. Trading in cadavers for anatomical science and realising that the fresher the meat the higher the price, Burke and Hare would soon find a solution.
Crime can often become glamorised with television, movies and books. We have two such examples in the magazine where the reality is somewhat surprising. Dick Turpin is seen as the "dandy highwayman", dashingly handsome and a gentleman thief. The truth is much darker as Dr Stephen Carver suggests. We also look at the real Peaky Blinders when compared to the popular television show featuring the Shelby clan.
There is, of course, so much more in the magazine that covers crime from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. Take a look, if you dare.
Release date 24/01/2020
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