9780233003160

The Woman Who Murdered Babies for Money; The Story of Amelia Dyer

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  • ISBN13:

    9780233003160

  • ISBN10:

    0233003169

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 3/11/2011
  • Publisher: INGRAM

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Summary

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 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. 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.

Author Biography

Both married with children, Allison Vale and Allison Rattle are also the co-authors of, among other books, How to Boil a Flamingo, Mothers' Wit, and How to Push a Perambulator.

Table of Contents

What the River Revealedp. 9
Suffer Little Childrenp. 12
A Casual Informerp. 16
Kensington Roadp. 18
The Stingp. 23
Beginningsp. 28
From Angel to Angel Makerp. 32
The Brixton Baby Farmerp. 36
The Lunatic Pauper Palacep. 45
Totterdownp. 51
The Totterdown Baby Farmp. 57
Polly and the Post-mortemp. 64
Criminal Intentp. 69
Silent Servitudep. 73
Polly and the Ballad-Mongerp. 78
Mother Returnsp. 80
The Fishponds House of Confinementp. 84
The Governess's Babyp. 89
Mother and the Boarding Housep. 93
Polly and the Pianop. 95
Mother and the Sharp-Pointed Knifep. 98
Lunacyp. 101
"Once more there were funerals"p. 104
Arthurp. 106
Liquor and Laudanump. 109
"Frenzied Objects"p. 112
Melancholy Daysp. 116
"They broke my spirit"p. 120
Money Troubles
The Family Dividedp. 125
Queenie Bakerp. 130
Granny Smithp. 132
One Step Ahead of the Lawp. 136
A Family Businessp. 139
A Healthy Place in the Countryp. 142
Like Mother Like Daughterp. 148
A Case at Willesdenp. 153
Granny's Misgivingsp. 157
The Barmaid's Daughterp. 163
The Undertaker's Wifep. 175
The Carpet Bagp. 182
Good Fridayp. 186
Dyer on Remandp. 190
The Arrest of Arthur Palmerp. 193
Bodies and Bricksp. 196
Mrs Dyer Confessesp. 203
A Murderess Identifiedp. 206
An Interview with Palmerp. 208
Further Developments at Readingp. 210
Trial by Newspaperp. 215
A Body in the Reedsp. 218
Polly and the Actressp. 220
A Damning Testimonyp. 224
Hollowayp. 231
The Old Baileyp. 234
Newgatep. 238
The Endp. 240
The Auctionp. 242
Legal Repercussionsp. 245
A Brown Paper Parcelp. 247
Acknowledgementsp. 249
Indexp. 251
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