After his discovery on the banks of the Thames, Inspector Marlott visits the house of artist and printmaker William Blake, who is on his deathbed. Later, Marlott confers with Nightingale, a local policeman who has been keeping watch on The Fortune of War, a public house where body snatchers are known to gather. The pair create a plan to capture a person of interest who may be able to aid them with their investigation.
Did You Know?
A book on galvanism is checked out from the library. The previous patron to check it out is revealed to be Johann Dippel. This is the name of a real-life alchemist born in Castle Frankenstein in Darmstadt, Germany. Literary scholars and historians have speculated that he was an inspiration for Mary Shelley when she wrote Frankenstein. In 1814, Mary and her future husband Percy traveled near the castle and may have heard stories about its infamous resident. See more
Boz the reporter uses the same name that was Charles Dickens' early pen name when he was also a reporter. However, Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and would be all of fifteen at the time of this story. See more