Stranger Than Fiction

The London Monster: A Sanguinary Tale

By Jan Bondeson

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In the 1790s, well before Jack the Ripper, more than 50 victims fell prey to the London Monster. A man went on trial for the crimes, but was he guilty?  According to The Philadelphia Inquirer: "The facts in this case are so peculiar that no novelist would have dared to invent them." See what *you* think!

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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

By Simon Winchester

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There are two tales in this page-turner. One is how the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) was compiled, which is fascinating in itself; and the other is a gripping story of a convicted murderer who spends his life sentence as a major contributor to the OED. This one stays in your mind for a long, long time.

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