Punch,  46 (1864), 37.

What it is Coming to. (An extract from the Police Reports of 1865)



Extract, Reportage, Spoof


Crime, Mental Illness, Medical Practitioners, Proof

    Reports on various cases of alleged criminal behaviour, most of which include details of medical practitioners' contentious views on the mental condition of prisoners. Dr Cranky Cracker, for example, 'the eminent mad-doctor', insists that William Smasher was 'suffering under hallucination' when he threw a stone through a jewellers' shop window, while in the case of George Flashington, Dr Sneaker Weasel argues that the prisoner was not responsible for embezzling a large sum of money from a bank and denies that he has been bribed for 'giving such evidence'.

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