SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER

by Thomas Prest. Originally published in People's Periodical and Family Library, Nov. 1846. A razor-wielding barber kills his customers for cash and a string of pearls. PART I. Of all the tales of crime and bloodshed which it has fallen to the lot of the historian or novelist to chronicle, we doubt if any other can compare on the point of horror with the story of Sweeney Todd, usually called The Demon Barber of Fleet-Street. This bloodthirsty wretch "flourished," if such a term may be used with regard to such a villain, during many years of the last century, until at last an end was made to Continue reading