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Episode 16: Angela Buckley | Topic: Amelia Dyer and the Baby Farm MurdersEpisode 16: Angela Buckley | Topic: Amelia Dyer and the Baby Farm Murders


Angela Buckley is the author of the historical true crime series “Victorian Supersleuth Investigates“. Her first book was “The Real Sherlock Holmes“, but in this episode we will focus on her second book (and the first of the series), which recounts the frantic race to stop one of Britain’s most prolific murderers: Amelia Dyer.

Amelia Dyer and the Baby Farm Murders

On 30 March 1896, a bargeman hooked a parcel from the river Thames at Caversham. Inside the brown paper package was the body of a baby girl – she had been strangled with tape. When two more tiny bodies were found in a carpet bag, the police launched a nationwide hunt for a serial killer. A faint name and address on the sodden wrapping provided the Reading police with their first clue in the frantic race to capture baby farmer Amelia Dyer, one of Britain’s most prolific murderers.

Angela and I will talk about this horrifying series of murders and about baby farming in general.




0:00 Introduction

1:54 “Victorian Supersleuth Investigates”: Can you tell us a bit about the series and also yourself, how you came to be a writer?

4:07 Where did the idea for the series come from?

5:21 How did you stumble upon Amelia Dyer and how did the investigation in 1896 begin?

9:24 Have you been to the sites of the crime, for example the site that you so vividly describe in the opening of the book where the first body was found or 45 Kensington Road?

11:31 I imagine when you write such a book, you must sometimes feel horrified when you describe the way of killing in detail?

15:36 How did the investigation go on after the discovery of the first bodies?

19:00 How many victims were there overall?

23:00 Were they able to identify the victims?

25:43 What is Baby Farming?

31:00 The Hamburg Angel Maker: The German case similar to that of Amelia Dyer

32:21 Did nobody around Amelia Dyer notice what she was doing?

36:31 What was Amelia Dyer like?

39:26 Amelia Dyer’s daughter and her son-in-law lived in Willesden. What happened in London regarding her case?

44:55 How Reading Police and leading investigator Chief Constable George Tewsley worked in 1896

48:21 What was Amelia Dyer charged for?

50:55 The story of Amelia Dyer’s ghost haunting the area of the Old Bailey

54:22 What is your next project?


Angela Buckley – Victorian Supersleuth – Investigating 19th century crime


Talks beyond time and place” is a series of online conversations by author Philipp Röttgers of “London beyond time and place“. Philipp and his guests chat about how London influences their lives. In every episode, they cover certain topics, depending on the individual guest. Among his guests are scholars, historians, tour guides and more and the atmosphere feels like a conversation in a pub.

Music by Bryan Kolarczyk

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