By Quentin Falk
On October eight, 1920 the physique of a tender girl named Kate Lilian Bailey, elderly 22, used to be came across. It transpired that her husband, George Arthur Bailey, had poisoned his seven-months pregnant spouse with prussic acid, and with a whiff of an identical chloroform he used to ease her ultimate affliction, sedated his three-year-old daughter whom he positioned in mattress subsequent to the corpse. Fourteen hours later, he fled the cottage, taking his baby to relations in Swindon earlier than being arrested 3 days after the homicide, at analyzing Station with 4 forms of poison in his wallet. Police additionally stumbled on a be aware suggesting that Bailey had meant to kill his little woman in addition to himself and his spouse. So was once this easily the botched suicide pact of a faithful couple that had long gone tragically uncontrolled? All will be published at a sensational 1921 trial at Aylesbury Assizes; a shabby list of forgery, fraud, robbery, fake info and military desertion. Bailey – additionally recognized to the police as George Cox...
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From the discoloured state of the corpse, clad in a nightdress and woollen undergarments, it was evident she had been dead a few days. There was no sign of Bailey or the child. Five months earlier, towards the end of May, Edwin Hall, who ran a dairy in Bourne End (a small town also bordering the Thames, about a mile-and-a-half east of Little Marlow), placed an advertisement in the Farmer and Stockbreeder for a milk roundsman. Soon after he received a telegram from a George Bailey indicating he was ‘suited’ to the job.
In west Wales, 45-year-old solicitor Harold Greenwood was on trial for killing his wife Mabel, whose death in June 1919 was originally attributed to heart disease. After the funeral, rumours began in the Greenwoods’ home town of Kidwelly that her death had been far from natural, a buzz exacerbated by Greenwood remarrying just four months after Mabel’s demise. In April 1920, her body was exhumed and the subsequent inquest recorded that she had died from acute arsenic poisoning, which had been administered by her husband.
The next day he returned, this time disposing of Hannah’s four-year-old daughter in the same place. In August, the body of 17-year-old typist Irene Munroe was found buried in the shingle at the Crumbles near Eastbourne. It transpired that Munroe, on holiday at the coast, had been savagely beaten to death by Jack Alfred Field and William Thomas Gray, a pair of ex-Servicemen in their twenties, after she tried to resist their sexual advances. A month before that, at Hay-on-Wye, the sleepy heart of Welsh border country, Herbert Rowse Armstrong, a diminutive, small-town solicitor and retired British Army major, poisoned his hen-pecking wife Katharine to an agonising death by arsenic.