Madame Tussaud, Maria Manning, and the True Crime Controversy of 1849

 

 

Gavin Whitehead gives a guest episode from the Art of Crime podcast – where True crime, History and Art meet. Today – Maria Manning and the Bermondey horror. Find more from Gavin at www.artofcrimepodcast.com

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In 1849, Maria and George Manning murdered a guest in their home in Bermondsey, London. After a dramatic hunt for the killers,Maria achieved near-celebrity status as the modern incarnation of Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth. Londoners flocked to her trial and execution much as they would a┬átheatrical production. The obsession with Mrs. Manning sparked fierce controversy about the ethics of treating the administration of justice as true crime entertainment. Much to her surprise, Madame Tussaud found herself at the center of the debate when she unveiled an effigy of Maria in the Chamber of Horrors, a special showroom in her wax museum that exhibited likenesses of notorious murderers.

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