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Michigan's Strychnine Saint: The Curious Case of Mrs. Mary McKnight
The spring of 1903 proved disastrous for the Murphy family. On April 22, the infant Ruth Murphy died in her crib. Within an hour, her mother, Gertrude, experienced a violent spasm before she, too, died. Ten days later, John Murphy followed his wife and child to the grave after suffering from a crippling convulsion. While neighbors whispered about a curse and physicians ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by History Press (SC)
(first published February 23rd 2014)
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Interesting book with lots of Michigan history tangential to as well as included in the the reporting of the story. The title doesn't really fit. There is nothing saint like about Mary McKnight but the story itself is carefully researched and reported. It is a quick read of a book. You can read it from cover to cover in a couple of hours. It is a good record of how far we have come in the areas of pharmacology, healthcare, and trial law since the turn of century. There are a couple of additional ...more
It was not my kind of book. A lot of detail about court cases and theories about why she chose to poison mostly family members. It was hard to understand why people couldn't believe that she was guilty of the murders when it frequently happened when she was caring for someone and they died mysteriously.