Meat Pie, Anyone? The True Story of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The Chirurgeon's Apprentice

Thanks to the talents of Mr. Johnny Depp, most of us are now familiar with the story of Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street. In the 2007 film, Sweeney Todd slashes the throats of his unsuspecting victims and dumps their bodies into the basement, where their bones are then stripped of their meat and made into pies by Todd’s accomplice, Mrs. Lovett. If you’ve seen this movie, you know how the story ends… What you may not know, however, is that this dark tale is not the product of Tim Burton’s twisted imagination. It a story which has been around in various forms for at least 150  years.

The story of Sweeney Todd first appeared in 1846 under the title String of Pearls in a ‘penny dreadful’ (so named for the publication’s price as well as its macabre themes). The original version of the tale centres upon the…

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