43 - The Case of Eliza Armstrong

The case of a missing girl in 1885 London leads to the passage of a law raising the age of consent and more strongly prosecuting sex offenses. But when the girl herself is returned to her mother unharmed, questions arise...

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Opening music by Kevin MacLeod.

Closing music by Soma.


“A missing daughter,” Pall Mall Gazette, July 13, 1885.

“Charles Armstrong again.” Pall Mall Gazette, February 25, 1886.

“Eliza Armstrong's brother.” Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, July 11, 1897.

“The maiden tribute of the modern Babylon – I.” Pall Mall Gazette, July 6, 1885.

“News of Eliza Armstrong,” Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, June 9, 1889.

“The abduction of Eliza Armstrong.” Manchester Guardian, September 8. 1885.

“The Armstrong abduction case,” Manchester Weekly Times and Examiner, November 14, 1885.

“The Armstrong case, summing up and verdict.” Birmingham Daily Post, November 9, 1885.

“The case of Eliza Armstrong – the lost child recovered,” Illustrated Police News, September 5, 1885.

“The Eliza Armstrong case,” Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, August 23, 1885.

“The mother and her lost child – further strange disclosures – Mr. Bramwell Booth throws a light on the mystery,” Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, August 16, 1885.

“The return of Eliza Armstrong,” Pall Mall Gazette, August 25, 1885.

“Working the Criminal Law Amendment Act,” Pall Mall Gazette, August 5, 1885.

Butler, Josephine. Rebecca Jarrett. London: Morgan and Scott, 1886.

Gaston, Edward Page, ed. British Supplement to the New Encyclopedia of Social Reform. London and New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1908.

Le Feuvre, Cathy. The Armstrong Girl: A Child for Sale. Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2015.

Plowden, Alison. The Case of Eliza Armstrong: A Child of 13 Bought for £5. London: BBC, 1974.







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