Emily Dimmock was born in Standon, Hertfordshire. She followed the fate of so many poor working class girls, by working as a domestic servant, and then becoming a prostitute in London's Kings Cross. Witnesses last saw Emily alive on the evening of September 11th 1907.
On the morning of September 12th, 1907, the body of Emily Dimmock was found in her rented rooms in Camden Town, London. The murderer has never been identified. This is the story of the victim; along with an account of the times in which she lived, and the circumstances surrounding her death. Is this another crime of the imagination? Recent books have seen parallels between The Camden Town Murder, the Whitechapel killings of Jack the Ripper, and The Peasenhall Mystery of 1902.
This is also a social history and an account of the human condition of the people living in the Victorian and Edwardian eras; the upper classes and their domestic servants, the 'fallen women', the music-halls, the artists, and the demi-monde. All these moving against alternating backgrounds of greys, black and crimson, and enraptured with the vapours of wormwood.