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Decline of the English Murder by George Orwell

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The essay is not essentially about murders, but about British habits; his essays in The Lion and the Unicorn epitomise much of what he felt. Orwell identified several common features to the perfect murder: middle class criminals; sex or respectability as motive; mostly poisoning; deaths slow to be seen as due to crime; a dramatic coincidence or unbelievable occurrence; domestic victims.

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