Terror on the Streets in 1790
Hardback 288pp Illustrated
9780752425832   Product Code: 41848
Between 1788 and 1790, a century before Jack the Ripper, a 'vulgar- looking man' known as 'The Monster' terrorized Londoners, attacking over fifty women on the city's streets. Eventually the efforts of vigilantes effected the arrest of a Welshman, who was convicted after two sensational and ludicrous trials. Jan Bondeson presents the evidence of contemporary prints and news reports, and analyzes 'Monster mania' in the light of other instances of mass hysteria.