Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum by Mark Stevens is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and you can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/nQMuTl into your computer’s web browser.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
Broadmoor Revealed gives the reader a glimpse behind the walls of England’s first Criminal Lunatic Asylum.
Focused on the Victorian period, the book tells the stories of some of the hospital’s best-known patients. There is Edward Oxford, who shot at Queen Victoria, and Richard Dadd, the brilliant artist and murderer of his father. There is also William Chester Minor, the surgeon from America who killed a stranger in London, and then played a key part in creating the world’s finest dictionary. Finally, there is Christiana Edmunds, ‘The Chocolate Cream Poisoner’ and frustrated lover.
To these four tales are added new ones, previously unknown. There were five women who went on to become mothers in Broadmoor, giving birth to life when three of them had previously taken it. Then there were the numerous escapes, actual and attempted, as the first doctors tried to assert control over their residents.
These are stories from the edge of where true crime meets mental illness. Broadmoor Revealed recounts what life was like for the criminally insane, over one hundred years ago.
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