Review of Reviews,  5 (1892), 543–50.

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    Reports that although the 'sensational nature' of Frederick B Deeming's crimes 'was by no means calculated to conduce to a calm and dispassionate consideration of the case urged by his counsel', even 'in Melbourne, by this time, there is probably an uneasy conviction that the man was more or less a homicidal lunatic. His counsel's plea of instinctive and hereditary criminality seems to have been only too well justified by the facts, and in a more scientific age the hanging of Deeming may become the stock illustration of the judicial crimes of an unscientific age' (546).

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