Chapter 1, The Dead of Night in Lambeth Marsh
• Lambeth Marsh, London, is described as still not being a nice part of town today, and as being "positively vile" in the 19th century.
• George Merrett, a worker at the Red Lion Brewery, lived in Lambeth with his family.
• One night, Merrett left as usual for night shift but was shot and killed on the way.
• The killer was apprehended by Constable Henry Tarrant. The killer confessed, having thought Merrett had broken into his house.
• The killer's name was Doctor William Charles Minor, a former army officer and qualified surgeon, and an American immigrant to England.
• The event led to condemnation of Americans as violent by the British press.
• Minor had come because he was sick, and his doctor recommended living somewhere quiet.
• He had stayed in an asylum in the United States. He was known to have eccentric habits...
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