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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
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September 2020 > Gender and Crime

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Elia In addition to prejudices regarding class, and rigid class rules, gender also greatly affected the way crimes and criminals were perceived in Victorian England.
We can see this in the book in the differences between how the nursemaid Elizabeth was treated, versus how Mrs. Kent and Constance were seen by police and the general public. How do you think the case would have developed differently if Whicher's chief suspect had been a man? Would it have made a difference if the main suspect was, say, Mr. Kent vs. one of the male servants?


Christine Howard | 2 comments I just joined and haven't read the book yet, but did read three chapters as a sample and watched this episode on Amazon Prime. They have at least three episodes called "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher" and this is one.

One could see where class especially played a part in the local constable examination of the crime. Mr.Kent was fairly well off and important to the community so he or someone is his family couldn't be at fault.

I not as sure about gender as the nursemaid was thought by local constable to be guilt, but not the daughter. More a class thing then a gender one.


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