Photograph of Dr Neill Cream's medicine chest, England, 1892-1920

Made:
1892-1920 in England
maker:
Unknown

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A652022, Letter written by the Metropolitan Police to G.R. Sims, accompanied by four photographs of the notorious
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Framed photograph of a medicine chest which both belonged to the notorious "Lambeth poisoner", Dr. Neill Cream
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Framed photograph of the medicine chest which belonged to the notorious "Lambeth poisoner" , Dr. Neill Cream (1850-1892), English, 1892-1920

When Dr Neill Cream was arrested for the murders of four prostitutes in 1892, he was found with his medicine chest, of which this is a photograph. Known as the ‘Lambeth Poisoner’, Dr Neill Cream (1850-92) was convicted and hung on 15 November 1892. Strychnine was his weapon of choice. At the time, the drug was used in small doses as a stimulant and a laxative and was commonly found in physicians’ medicine chests.

Cream is famously said to have claimed to be the infamous Jack the Ripper when he was executed in Billingsgate, London, supposedly uttering the words “I am Jack…” as the rope went taut. This was unlikely to have been true as he was imprisoned in Chicago, Illinois, for another murder at the time of the Ripper murders. Shown here with other photographs (A652022, A625046) and a letter written by Cream on blue paper (A652050).

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Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
A652048
Materials:
frame, glass, frame, paper tape, photo and mount, paper
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest
  • visual and verbal communication

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