Book cover of The Wicked Boy: An Infamous Murder in Victorian London by Kate Summerscaleby Kate Summerscale

Winner of the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime Book! 

From the internationally bestselling author, a deeply researched and atmospheric murder mystery of late Victorian-era London

In the summer of 1895, Robert Coombes (age 13) and his brother Nattie (age 12) were seen spending lavishly around the docklands of East London — for ten days in July, they ate out at coffee houses and took trips to the seaside and the theater. The boys told neighbors they had been left home alone while their mother visited family in Liverpool, but their aunt was suspicious. When she eventually forced the brothers to open the house to her, she found the badly decomposed body of their mother in a bedroom upstairs. Robert and Nattie were arrested for matricide and sent for trial at the Old Bailey. 

Interview with the Author

Podcast art for Most Notorious! A True Crime History PodcastMost Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast 
39: Matricide in 1895 London w/ Kate Summerscale – A True Crime History Podcast
8/18/16            51 min

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