18th Century Penalty for Property Crime in London, England, Belief that Experiences During Pregnancy Manifest During Life, and the Hoax of Human Beings Giving Birth to Rabbits With English Homemaker Mary Toft

In London, England during the 18th century, any property crime (eg. robbery without a weapon or burglary wit a weapon), and crimes of theft without or without a weapon, including minor crimes, were punishable by death if the sum of that stolen was greater than 5 shillings ($40.00 as of 2017 when accounting for inflation). It was believed that if a woman experienced a shocking event during pregnancy, that their offspring would emulate that experience somehow, as was the case with the mother of th...

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