Eight crimes of the not-so-good old days scrupulously and wittily retold with illustrations from contemporary journals. Original and provocative selection for the true crime connoisseur, in which the editor has avoided inclusion of the obvious (such as Lizzie Borden), and dug up unique and gory incidents. The bloodiest are the stories of Wagner, the methodical butcher who murdered a whole household of women; and Lydia, poison queen, who disposed of three husbands, six of her own children and two stepchildren. There are sex murders, intellectualized murders, even imaginary murders. Good.