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By Paul Heslop

Serial poisoners, crimes of ardour, brutal slayings and infanticide; this new booklet examines the tales and next trials at the back of the main notorious circumstances of British girl killers among the early a part of the 19th century and the Fifties. one of the circumstances featured this is that of Sarah Dazley, hanged in 1843 for poisoning her moment husband; Mary Ann Cotton, who murdered as much as twenty-one humans, together with many contributors of her circle of relatives; Amelia Dyer, the 'baby farmer' who murdered hundreds and hundreds of youngsters; Susan Newell, who murdered her newspaper boy; the execution, in 1923 of Edith Thompson for the homicide of her husband, a criminal offense she swore she knew not anything approximately; and, Ruth Ellis, who gunned down her boyfriend outdoor the Magdala Tavern in 1955, the final girl to lawfully hold in Britain. Retired police detective Paul Heslop has conscientiously and objectively analysed every one of those renowned British instances. His narrative comprises post-trial fabric in addition to the...

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The following morning, at the Edinburgh Police Court, Mrs Manning did not betray the slightest symptom of agitation. The charges were read out to her, that she murdered Patrick O’Connor and stole his shares. ’ After being taken to London and formally charged with murder, her reply was a request for a cup of coffee. She told the magistrates she was ‘quite innocent’ of the charge, and was remanded to Horsemonger Lane gaol. Among the letters found in her luggage was one written by Patrick O’Connor, expressing surprise that she was married, accusing her of ‘faithlessness’ and complaining bitterly at having ‘lost an angel who might have been my guiding star through life’.

Sandel said he would send him three resting pills, which he put into a box. On the way home Mrs Carver saw Sarah throw the pills into a ditch, and take three others from her pocket and put them into the box, saying they would do her husband ‘more good’. Mary Carver witnessed the painful wretchings of both Ann Mead and William Dazley. Ann Mead was fortunate to survive. On 23 October, Sandel was called by a tearful Sarah to the Dazley household. He found William to be ‘under severe sickness’, complaining of irritation to stomach and bowels.

If the testimony of witnesses was not damning enough, the result of the post-mortem examination most certainly was, as George Hedley explained. Jonas’s body, though decomposed, was nevertheless in a ‘state of preservation suitable for examination’. Hedley found metallic arsenic in the belly, enough to kill. Having heard the evidence on father and son, Simeon and Jonas Mead, the jury’s verdict on the former was that he died on 10 June 1840, after ‘an illness’, and that Jonas had ‘died from arsenic administered to him with guilty knowledge by his mother, Sarah Dazley’.

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