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Thread #4499   Message #3101408
Posted By: Jim Dixon
23-Feb-11 - 03:16 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/ADD: Ladies Go A-Thieving/Curious Times
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ladies Go A-Thieving/Curious Times
From The Law in General Practice, Some Chapters in Everyday Forensic Medicine by Stanley Bean Atkinson (London: Henry Frowde, 1908), page 174:

In less serious offences 'kleptomania' affords a well-known example [of extenuation]; this method of defence was made notorious by the celebrated action against the wife of Dr. Ramsbotham, the obstetrician, which is recorded in Serjeant Ballantine's 'Experiences'....