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The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream takes listeners to the late 19th century as Scotland Yard follows the trail of a cold-blooded serial killer who was as brazen as the notorious Jack the Ripper and who would finally be brought to justice by detectives employing a new science called forensics.

“When a doctor does go wrong, he is the first of criminals,” Sherlock Holmes observed during one of his most baffling investigations. “He has nerve, and he has knowledge.” In the span of 15 years, Dr. Thomas Neill Cream poisoned at least 10 women in the United States, Britain, and Canada, a death toll with almost no precedents. Structured around Cream’s London murder trial in 1891, when he was finally brought to justice, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream exposes the blind trust given to medical practitioners, as well as the flawed detection methods, bungled investigations, corrupt officials, and stifling morality of Victorian society that allowed Cream to prey on vulnerable and desperate women, many of whom had turned to him for medical help.

Dean Jobb vividly recreates this largely forgotten historical account against the backdrop of the birth of modern policing and newly adopted forensic methods, though most police departments still scoffed at using science to solve crimes. But then most police departments could hardly imagine that serial killers existed - the term was unknown at the time. As the Chicago Tribune wrote then, Cream’s crimes marked the emergence of a new breed of killer, one who operated without motive or remorse, who “murdered simply for the sake of murder”.

©2021 Dean Jobb (P)2021 Workman Publishing

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  • Jessica
  • 26-08-21

Hard to Follow

The narrator wasn’t bad. Storyline is all over the place and is difficult to follow.

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  • Urbano
  • 12-09-21

A waste in every respect

You’d think this would be an interesting book because of the subject matter. But no. First the narrator’s accent and sing-song style sounds like he’s talking about Alice in Wonderland instead of a murderous doctor. I couldn’t bear listening to it.

Next, there is so much meaningless detail
packed into the stories that you don’t know what’s going on.

I tried returning the book but they wouldn’t take it back so beware.