mpt by fraud or violence to possess oneself of something belonging to another, and as such the cases of it in history are as clear as those dealt with in criminal courts. Germany to-day has been guilty of a perverse and criminal adventure, the outcome of that false morality applied to historical transactions, of which Carlyle's life of Frederick is a monumental example. In that book we have a man whose instincts in more ways than one were those of a criminal, held up for our admiration, in the same way that the same writer fell into dithyrambic praise over a villain called Francia, a former President of Paraguay. A most interesting work might be written on the great criminals of history, and might do something towards restoring that balance of moral judgment in historical transactions, for the perversion of which we are suffering to-day.
In the meantime we must be content to study in the microcosm of ordinary crime those instincts, selfish, greedy, brutal which, exploited often by bad men in the so-call
I am not a true crime reader but I must admit I enjoyed this book. How we look at criminals has sure changed since then though. No extenuating circumstances whatsoever.
Fascinating book! The complete story of the Dr. Parkman/Prof. Webster murder, with details I never read anywhere else. Also, H. Holmes, the nineteenth century serial killer who operated a house of horrors in Chicago. He didn't confine his nefarious deeds to that city, by any means, and he was a con artist in addition to a killer. Many more murderers I'd never heard of.
Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys true crime books.
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