People are dying in the streets of Whitechapel and it seems that cholera has returned caused by a contaminated water pump. Jackson,however,examining the first victim,a man who has come from the city of London,detects the cause of death as ergotism,which sends its victims mad before they perish,and which has been deliberately added to the flour at Flora Gable's mill by a self-imposed judge of morals,who is also seeking notoriety in excess of the Ripper. With Reid's wife among the stricken the Whitechapel force must combine with Inspector Ressler from the city to catch the killer. Written by
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Did You Know?
In the Middle Ages, ergotism was known as "holy fire" or "Saint Anthony's fire", because monks of the Order of St. Anthony who were particularly successful at treating this gangrenous poisoning. See more
A cholera epidemic in 1876 is referred to although there was no great epidemic in that year. London suffered four great outbreaks of the disease, all in the mid-19th Century. The first was 1831-1832 followed by 1848-1849, 1853-1854, and 1866. It was during the third outbreak that Dr. John Snow traced the source of the contagion to a water pump and discovered that the deadly illness was waterborne even though the bacillus had not been discovered yet. See more
[confused about the chemicals Jackson and Reid are occupied with in the morgue
What are they doing now?
Det. Insp. Edmund Reid
If you don't know, and I don't, sir, it's best not to ask.