Newspaper Article: 'Extraordinary Attempt at Murder and Suicide', 1842

This article reports an 'extraordinary attempt at murder and suicide' that had occurred in London in 1842. Crimes such as this one were reported in lurid detail in the popular press. Weekly tabloids regaled readers with detailed accounts of crime scenes, and often included illustrations. Clearly there was a public thirst for the kind of melodrama and sensationalism delivered by these stories.