Metropolitan Police letter and photographs of Dr Neill Cream, the 'Lambeth Poisoner', England, 1890-1907

Made:
1890-1907 in England
photographer:
W Armestead

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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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Pair of identical photographic prints of the poisoner Dr. Neill Cream
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Mounted photographic print of the poisoner Dr. Neill Cream
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Retouched souvenir photograph of the poisoner Dr. Neill Cream, by Armstead of London
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Letter written by the Metropolitan Police to G.R. Sims, accompanied by four photographs of the notorious poisoner, Dr. Neill Cream (1850-1892), English, 17 July 1907

Written on headed police notepaper, the smaller letter in this photograph was penned by an officer in London’s Metropolitan Police. It concerns Dr Neill Cream (1850-92) and is accompanied by four photographs of him. Known as the ‘Lambeth Poisoner’, Dr Cream was convicted and hung for the murders of four prostitutes 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 (A652046, A625048) and a letter written by Cream on blue paper (A652050).

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Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A652022
Measurements:
small photographs x 2: 84 mm x 54 mm
medium photograph: 108 mm x 83 mm
large photograph: 165 mm x 107 mm
letter: 191 mm x 121 mm
type:
letter
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • correspondence
  • visual and verbal communication
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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