Crimes in Victorian Age
Created on February 3, 2024
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Crime during the Victorian age was as much a product of the social, economic, and political dynamics of the time as it was a reflection of human nature. From the teeming streets of rapidly industrializing cities to the quiet corners of rural landscapes, Victorian England bore witness to a diverse array of criminal activities that mirrored the complexities of its society.
Crimes and misteries
IThe Victorian Age:
This long list of murders appears to have inspired the Frankenstein Chronicles series: the Torso Murders, also known as the Thames Mysteries or the Embankment Murders, remained unsolved.In 1873-74 a policeman found some body parts of unknown people; however, the four crimes, which occurred in the same period as those of Jack the Ripper, were attributed to a single murderer, not identifiable as Jack. Only one of the victims was identified.
Due to the lack of evidence to frame a culprit, the case was declared closed; years later the crimes began to happen again in the same way as the previous ones, fueling the wave of mystery that still surrounds these cases today
In the Victorian era, it was Parliament that legislated, made up of two chambers, the House of Commons, and the House of Lords. In front of the court, there was no difference whether it was an adult or a child who committed a crime: it is only up to the judge's clemency to reduce the sentence.Often, however, the idea is to impose severe sentences on small criminals to teach them that crime doesn't pay. Victorian education is hard and the way of justice is learned with respect for elders, judges and the police through beatings and beatings.
Over the years, countless theories and suspects have emerged, ranging from doctors to artists to members of the royal family. However, the true identity of Jack the Ripper remains elusive, shrouded in mystery and speculation. Despite the passage of time and the advances in forensic science, the case continues to captivate the public imagination, inspiring endless debates, books, films, and theories about the identity and motives of the infamous killer who stalked the foggy streets of Victorian London.
Jack the Ripper, an unidentified serial killer, cast a long shadow over the impoverished areas of London's East End in 1888. His reign of terror primarily targeted female prostitutes, gruesomely mutilating them in a series of murders that sent shockwaves through Victorian society. The brutality of his crimes and the inability of the police to apprehend him fueled a sense of fear and intrigue that lingered long after the killings ceased.
The famous ubisoft game is set in Victorian London and is inspired by the crimes that infested the city at that time
Enola Holmes is a 2020 mystery film, starring Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill, distributed by Netflix.The film is about Sherlock Holmes' younger sister
Even art was influenced by the various events that happened in London.Here an example is William Hogart's painting "Gin Lane".
- Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Oliver Twist by Dickens
- Dr. Jeyklly and Mr.Hide by Stevenson
- Bleak House by Dickens
iDuring the Victorian era, a significant number of literary works were inspired by or dealt with crimes and their consequences.These works reflect the Victorian society's fascination with crime, morality, and the human psyche, as well as its concerns about social inequality, urbanization, and the rapid changes brought about by industrialization.Some notable examples are:
"Sherlock Holmes" is a series of detective stories featuring the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion Dr. John Watson. Holmes solves various mysteries and crimes in late 19th and early 20th century England using his keen observation and deductive reasoning skills. The stories typically follow a pattern where Holmes investigates a case, employs disguises and ruses to gather information, and eventually reveals the truth behind the mystery