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‘A most interesting popular biography of a great Victorian police detective’

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Amelia Dyer Crime Walk

Explore the key locations where the infamous Victorian baby farmer committed her crimes

Saturday 3 June at 12.30 pm, in Reading


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The Mind of a Murderer

The Mind of a Murderer

One of the mostly frequented asked questions at my talks is whether the notorious Victorian baby farmer Amelia Dyer was mad or bad. One hundred and twenty years after her conviction, it’s difficult to comprehend her motivation for killing so many infants in her care. It was also hard for contemporary observers to understand what drove her to profit from the wholesale trade in infants and ultimately to be able to murder them with her bare hands. Her trial at the Old Bailey, held in May 1896, discussed this central issue in detail.