Seldom in history has there been a city with a more sordid reputation than Edinburgh. Beneath the surface respectability of the jewel in the Scottish crown lies a warren of filth-ridden alleys and stairs where thieves, murderers, and ghouls of every description planned and carried out their foul deeds. In this book we meet them all—Major Weir, the devil-worshipping black magician and his wicked sister Grizel; Captain Porteous, the corrupt official who inspired the population to mob justice; Jessie King, the notorious Stockbridge baby farmer; wife poisoner Eugene Chantrelle; Deacon Brodie, the inspiration behind Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; and of course, worst of all, Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare, who plied their swift trade in corpses for the dissection table of Dr Knox.
About the Author
Alan Sharp is a writer and researcher on Jack the Ripper as well as other historic murder cases. He is one of the editors of Ripper Notes magazine and has contributed to other specialist magazines on the subject. He is a member of The Whitechapel Society. He lives in Edinburgh.