WHEN MINAHAN MET MARY:
Sex, Sleaze and Scandal in 1880s Chelsea
with Bridget O'Donnell
19th of September 2013
Doors at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7 pm
Ticket price £15
One night in August 1882, Inspector Jeremiah Minahan was walking his Chelsea beat when he encountered the most infamous brothel-keeper in London, Mary Jeffries. Notorious for purveying young Chelsea girls to wealthy, powerful men, Jeffries attempted to warn Minahan off. ‘It is no good,’ she said, ‘for the police to watch my houses. I only do business with gentlemen of the highest rank in life.’ But Minahan ignored her advice and investigated. His subsequent exposé sparked national outrage: riots, arrests, a sensational trial and a change in English law that still holds today.
Find out how the battle between a Chelsea Madam and her local policeman changed British history in a talk by Bridget O’Donnell, author of Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand…
A former journalist and film-maker at the BBC, Bridget worked as a producer and director in documentaries, crime and drama for both television and radio. Her first book, Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand, was published by Picador in September 2012.
This talk takes place at Carlyle's House - 24 Cheyne Row
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