Monthly Archives: November 2011

Crime in Victorian India: the Incredible Cult of Murder and the Drug Trade

Cult members of thuggee For three hundred years, the subcontinent harboured one of the most incredible religions conceived by the mind of man: Thuggee, the cult that gave it’s members a divine duty to commit murder. The mythological story of … Continue reading

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Crime and detection in the Victorian era

One of the uses of photography in Victorian times was to raise money. John Barnardo, famous founder of charities for street children used photos of ragged children to get people involved with his work. Some of the images he used … Continue reading

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Has Sherlock Holmes become an action hero instead of a deep thinker?

I have just watched two of the trailers for “A game of shadows,” the soon-to-be-released film, written by Anthony Horowitz, writer/producer for various BBC mystery shows. After watching the frenetic activities of Holmes and Watson, I ask myself, Has Holmes … Continue reading

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“Magnetic sleep,” spiritualism and medicine

The Victorian age was an era when many people were interested in exploring the range of the human mind with hypnotism (originally, mesmerism, named after Anton Mesmer, 18th century discoverer of “magnetic sleep,” i.e. hypnotic trance. renamed hypnosis in 1841 … Continue reading

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WHY WAS THE CREATOR OF SHERLOCK HOLMES SUCH AN ARDENT SPIRITUALIST?

Throughout his life, Arthur Conan Doyle, creator  of Sherlock Holmes was an ardent supporter of the spiritualist point of view. He had many debates (arguments) with eminent critics of spiritualist ideas, in particular, Harry Houdini, illusionist, escape artist and an … Continue reading

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