Well, Peter mentioned Crippen, we've had Sweeney and a gallon of lysol in
a bath and now to add to the mixture--Marie Lloyd, written about by TSE.
You can chalk this one up as another of my weird posts but just this
evening I serendipitously found a Crippen/Lloyd connection. At Wikipedia:
Although popular enough to command her own fees, Lloyd backed and
supported the 1906 strike for better terms by music hall
performers. She was picketing one theatre when she recognised someone
trying to enter. Lloyd shouted, "Let her through girls, she'll close
the music hall faster than we can." The singer was Belle Elmore, later
murdered by her husband, Dr Crippen.
And for a Sweeney/Crippen comparison:
I knew a man once did a girl in
Any man might do a girl in
Any man has to, needs to, wants to
Once in a lifetime, do a girl in.
Well he kept her there in a bath
With a gallon of lysol in a bath
Crippen's trial revealed the startlingly meticulous manner in which he
had disposed of his wife. After killing her, he professionally removed
her bones and limbs, which he then burned in the kitchen stove. Her
organs were dissolved in acid in the bathtub, and her head was placed
in a handbag and thrown overboard during a day trip to Dieppe.
Oh, about my subject line (we were talking of perversity, weren't we?):
CRIPPEN MURDER IS A LENS INTO EDWARDIAN ENGLAND
Curiously, as reporting on the case evolved, Crippen was transformed
from a vicious killer to a "mild-mannered little man" whose execution
was met with some regret. T.S. Eliot appeared at a costume party
dressed as Crippen, and the American author Raymond Chandler later
sighed, "You just can't help liking this guy somehow."
Eliot on Marie Lloyd:
Crippen murder is a lens into Edwardian England: