When Jack the Ripper put away his scalpel in November of 1888 and vanished into the London fog, authorities were becoming aware that they had a far more ruthless serial killer to contend with. The Ripper confined his atrocities to a particular area of London and his prey were all destitute women. Dr. Thomas Neill Cream's crimes extended over three countries on two continents. His victims hailed from all walks of life. Strychnine was his weapon-of-choice and, as a doctor with impressive credentials, he had easy access to the deadly poison that induces an agonizing death. This is a meticulously researched, true-life horror story that details the appalling crimes of a mercilessly evil man. Dr. Cream emerges from his sordid history as a person so thoroughly demented that even the Ripper might shudder at the mention of his name. — Alden Graves
A tour de force of storytelling. One of the best books I've read this year. Dean Jobb breathes new life into Cream's victims--who they were, where and how they lived--all the while blending in thorny issues of policing, of the fictional detectives being created, of the other serial killers on the loose. This book is both chilling and thrilling. --Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Gamache series When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals, Sherlock Holmes observed during one of his most baffling investigations. He has nerve and he has knowledge. In the span of fifteen years, Dr. Thomas Neill Cream murdered as many as ten people in the United States, Britain, and Canada, a death toll with almost no precedent. Poison was his weapon of choice. Largely forgotten today, this villain was as brazen as the notorious Jack the Ripper. Structured around the doctor's London murder trial in 1892, when he was finally brought to justice, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream exposes the blind trust given to medical practitioners, as well as the flawed detection methods, bungled investigations, corrupt officials, and stifling morality of Victorian society that allowed Dr. Cream to prey on vulnerable and desperate women, many of whom had turned to him for medical help. Dean Jobb transports readers to the late nineteenth century as Scotland Yard traces Dr. Cream's life through Canada and Chicago and finally to London, where new investigative tools called forensics were just coming into use, even as most police departments still scoffed at using science to solve crimes. But then, most investigators could hardly imagine that serial killers existed--the term was unknown. As the Chicago Tribune wrote, Dr. Cream's crimes marked the emergence of a new breed of killer: one who operated without motive or remorse, who murdered simply for the sake of murder. For fans of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, all things Sherlock Holmes, or the podcast My Favorite Murder, The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream is an unforgettable true crime story a master of the genre.