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Katherine Fennelly

keepers are mentioned in the primary and secondary literature on lunatic asylums, they were generally referred to in terms of their role as disciplinarians, as enforcers of moral management at the lowest level. A few more-notorious examples appear in individual asylum reports, government inquiries, or the popular press for their abuse of power, such as the ‘three villains’ of 1810s Bethlem Asylum: Blackburn, Rodbird, and Allen. These three were alleged to have neglected and abused patients to such an extent that several patients died under their supervision (Arnold

in An archaeology of lunacy