This is the biography of controversial and flamboyant nineteenth century doctor Francis Tumblety. The doctor's exploits include arrests for complicity in the Lincoln assassination, for selling abortion drugs, for killing patients, and for indecent assault, and scrutiny as a possible suspect in the 'Jack the Ripper' murders. Tumblety's sheen of respectability appeared crafted to cover his homosexuality and his provocative fields of practice.
Timothy B. Riordan is chief archaeologist at historic St. Mary's City, an outdoor museum of archaeology and history in Maryland. He has written numerous professional articles and monographs on such topics as Maryland and the English Civil War.