Crime Through Time

The Crime Through Time Book Group will discuss The Wicked Boy: An Infamous Murder in Victorian London by Kate Summerscale (Penguin, $17.00). In 1895, Robert Coombes (age 13) and his brother Nattie (age 12) were seen spending lavishly around the docklands of East London The boys told neighbors their mother was visiting family, but their aunt was suspicious. When she eventually forced the brothers to open the house to her, she found the badly decomposed body of their mother. Robert and Nattie were arrested for matricide and sent for trial.

Robert confessed to having stabbed his mother, but his lawyers argued that he was insane. Nattie struck a plea and gave evidence against his brother. The judge sentenced the thirteen-year-old to detention in Broadmoor, the most infamous criminal lunatic asylum in the land. Broadmoor turned out to be the beginning of a new life for Robert--one that would have profoundly shocked anyone who thought they understood the Wicked Boy.

Event date: 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

The Bookworm
The Wicked Boy: An Infamous Murder in Victorian London Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143110460
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Published: Penguin Books - July 4th, 2017

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