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Murder by Poison: A Casebook of Historic British Murders

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Murder by poison is often thought of as a crime mainly committed by women, ususally to despatch an unwanted spouse or children. While there are indeed many infamous female poisoners, such as Mary Ann Cotton, who is believed to have claimed at least twenty victims between 1860 and 1872, and Mary Wilson, who killed her husbands and lovers in the 1950s for the proceeds of the ...more
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Published October 1st 2011 by History Press (SC) (first published January 1st 2010)
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I found this book great fun to read. The fun of it is that, unlike Agatha Christie's and Larsson's books, this is the real stuff, real cases with real characters. Some of them actually hilarious, others just dramatic. Basically, throughout much of the 19th century, forensic science wasn't developed as it is now, so poisoning was rife. Usually people trying to get rid of husbands, wives or children, usually to get their hands on life insurances used poison as it was quick, effective and could be
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A number of British murder / poisoning cases are presented in this book.

I found this a long book, but some of the detail (such as the availability of poison, the quick trials / verdicts and the ineptness of the criminals) was fascinating.
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