The Bertrand Affair of Sydney Town in the 1860s had all the elements of a Victorian melodrama – a moustachio’d villain with a penchant for disguise, a terrified down-trodden wife, a brandy-sozzled victim and a married lady of high passions and doubtful virtue. Louis Bertrand, a dentist skilled in the art of Mesmerism embarked on a frenzied course of adultery and murder, with all the illicit passion, blackmail and shocking legal revelations to play to a sensation-seeking public. With black and white illustrations.