Jobb and Thompson
Award-winning author and journalist Dean Jobb, who is a professor at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, delivers the Victorian true-crime tale The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer, revealing the blind trust given to medical practitioners at the time, as well as the flawed detection methods, bungled investigations, corrupt officials, and stifling morality that allowed the serial killer Dr. Cream to prey on vulnerable and desperate women. Courtney E. Thompson is an assistant professor of the history of science and medicine and U.S. women’s and gender history at Mississippi State University. An Organ of Murder: Crime, Violence, and Phrenology in Nineteenth-Century America takes the reader into the courtroom, the prison, and the city street to reveal how phrenology, the nineteenth-century science of the mind, shaped theories and treatment of the criminal in the past, and how its influence lingers in the present.
This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required.