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Oxygen Book Club's July Pick Is About Dr. Thomas Cream, A Victorian-Era Serial Killer

"The Case Of The Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt For A Victorian-Era Serial Killer" details one physician's poisonous killing spree that spanned two continents and helped shape modern medical ethics.  

By Becca van Sambeck
Author Dean Jobb Discusses How Victorian Era Serial Killer Dr. Thomas Neill Cream Became A “Killing Machine”

It's the start of the new month, which means it's time to dive into another quality crime read with Oxygen Book Club!

Oxygen Book Club highlights books in the true crime sphere each month and features exclusive interviews, guided discussions, and more. July's book takes readers directly into the world of the nineteenth century, an era when societal expectations and lack of sophisticated crime-solving technology could create a vicious serial killer able to leave behind a string of bodies while flying under the radar: "The Case Of The Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt For A Victorian-Era Serial Killer" by Dean Jobb.

The non-fiction book takes a deep dive into a Victorian-era serial killer whose crimes may not be well-known today, but are shocking, gruesome, and disturbing.

Dr. Thomas Neill Cream was Canadian doctor who racked up a body count in multiple countries, from Canada to the United States to England, eventually becoming one of the most prolific serial killers in history and gaining the moniker "the Lambeth Posioner." Poison was indeed his preferred method of murder, and his victims were women in desperate need of medical help. In this fascinating read, Jobb recounts how Cream was able to get away with the murders for so long, thanks to investigations gone wrong and Victorian-era morals. 

Dean Jobb Virtual Book Tour

Jobb, who is going on a virtual book tour this summer, spoke with Oxygen Book Club about Dr. Cream's murder spree, the inspiration behind the book, and more. Keep an eye out for our video interviews with Jobb, as well as guided discussion questions. Happy reading!