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The London Monster: A Sanguinary Tale

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"The facts in this case are so bizarre that no novelist would have dared to invent them," said the Philadelphia Inquirer. Indeed. A century before Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London, another predator held sway: a "vulgar-looking man" who slashed at female pedestrians with a knife while uttering profanities with a "tremulous eagerness"—over fifty victims during a ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 30th 2002 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jan Bondeson turns his usual meticulous research, logical thinking and clear-headed arguments to the case of the London Monster, who was as sensational in 1790 London as he is obscure today. This criminal approached random women on the street, made lewd remarks, slashed their clothes and tried to stab them in the thighs and buttocks. A man was eventually convicted in the attacks, but his guilt is doubtful at best.

This was a thorough account of the case, and concludes with some discussion of othe
Katherine Addison
The London Monster was writt(there's no need to be sensationalist, but despite that, it is a well-written and well-researched book about an odd series of crimes in London in 1790.

The London Monster was a man (or men) who attacked respectable women on the streets of London, cutting their buttocks and thighs, or their arms, or stabbing them in the face with a knife concealed in a nosegay. It is inevitable, apparently, in reading about crimes committed before 1900, that there will be doubts express
Lisa Pollison
I recently re-read this book, having given my 1st copy away to a sex-crimes detective. This is perhaps the best book written on Piquerism, a Paraphilia involving the sexual gratification taken by stabbing, pricking or otherise piuncturing somebody with a needle. Bondeson covers the entire London Monster Affair in equisite detail but also goes into the paraphilia itself and other historic cases. The issue was of interest to me since I lived through the Needle-Prick Terror in NYC during the late 1 ...more
Lauren Brackenbury
Bondeson's tale is a stranger-than-fiction account of the "Monster," a savage serial stabber in 1790s London, who preyed upon unaccompanied young women by with a "tremulous eagerness," accompanying his attacks with shockingly foul and indecent language. Although the Monster (or perhaps, Monsters) employed a variety of sinister stratagems of assault, including stabbing unsuspecting maidens in the face using a knife hidden inside a bouquet of artificial nosegays, and tearing at women's exposed arm ...more
This book is a good social history of London at the times of the French Revolution. It primarily concerns the case of The Monster, a sexual sadist who stabbed women’s buttocks, the hysteria that arose around this figure, and the resulting trials of the man who was identified as The Monster. It also provides some interesting psychological history and some criminological analysis of the case as well as similar cases (such as that of Jack the Ripper a century later, which Bondeson concludes was the ...more
This was totally up my alley - strange, unknown, murderous evil lurking in the streets of 19th century London. Never really gives you such a close sense of what life was like at that time and at the beginning of sexual predators. A great read for history buffs.
Brilliant read from start to finish. Jan Bondeson is a great modern story teller. I hadn't heard of this fascinating episode of London's history prior to acquiring this book, and one of Jan's gifts seems to be seeking out quirky history, which I love!
Jan 15, 2009 Mary is currently reading it
So far so good. I bought this in London, and my copy has a slightly different title, but I am assuming it is the same book.
A disappointment. This got excellent reviews, but I found it tedious despite the sensational subject matter.
Genuinely worth reading for the bits about Theodolus Swift...
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Outside of his career in medicine, he has written several nonfiction books on a variety of topics, such as medical anomalies and unsolved murder mysteries.

Bondeson is the biographer of a predecessor of Jack the Ripper, the London Monster, who stabbed fifty women in the buttocks, of Edward 'the Boy' Jones, who stalked Queen Victoria and stole her underwear, and Greyfriars Bobby, a Scottish terrier
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