Thesis / Dissertation

The ‘Black ghost’ of bermondsey: gender, crime and murder in Victorian England

Anna Catherine Kay, Elizabeth Maxwell (ed.)

Published : 2019


This thesis examines the cultural impact of a sensational murder case that took place in London in 1849. The so-called ‘Bermondsey murder’ involved the violent murder of a man by Frederick and Maria Manning, a married couple who were tried, found guilty and executed for their crime. Public interest in the story – and in Maria especially – was enormous, overshadowing both her co-conspirator husband, and also that of five other women found guilty of murder the same year; Mary Anne Geering, Rebecca Smith, Mary Ball, Sarah Harriet Thomas, and Charlotte Harris. Located simultaneously in the fields of feminist, historical, literary and cultural studies, my project examines how six women were ima..

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