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The wicked boy : the mystery of a Victorian child murderer

by Summerscale, Kate, 1965- (Author)

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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... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Part I: Ten days in July. The three of us ; All I know is that we are rich ; I will tell you the truth
  • Part II: The city of the damned. The machine and the abyss ; A kiss goodbye ; This is the knife ; Chronicles of disorder ; Here goes nothing
  • Part III: These tender times. Cover her face ; The boys springing up amongst us ; It is all over now ; Box him up
  • Part IV: The murderers' paradise. Those that know not what they do ; To have you home again ; In the plastic stage
  • Part V: With trumpets and sound of cornet. Smooth in the morning light ; Such a hell of a noise.