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The First Forensic Hanging: The Toxic Truth That Killed Mary Blandy

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'For the sake of decency, gentlemen, don't hang me high.' This was the last request of modest murderess Mary Blandy, who was hanged for poisoning her father in 1752. Concerned that the young men in the crowd who had thronged to see her execution might look up her skirts as she was 'turned off' by the hangman, this last nod to propriety might appear farcical in one who was ...more
Published November 16th 2018 by Pen and Sword History
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Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summer Strevens, The First Forensic Hanging (Pen & Sword, 2018)
The trial of Mary Blandy in March 1752 took one day with five minutes added on to deliver the verdict: Guilty! She was hanged for poisoning her father with arsenic, she might even have been guilty. Summer Strevens untangles the story of Mary Blandy in a fresh interpretation of the evidence while placing the role of forensic science in its rightful place at the heart of the trial. The Court accepted the findings of Dr Anthony
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A short book (125 pages) covering the life and death of Mary Blandy. Whether through ignorance and induced by her fiance William Cranstoun or knowingly, Mary fed her father Francis arsenic in his tea and gruel, killing him in 1751. She was hanged for his murder after the jury decided she'd intended to kill him.

It was the first case in which medical men were expert witnesses at a trial, and although Dr. Addington's analysis wasn't brilliant and certainly wouldn't hold up today, it was the best
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a biography about an 18th century, young, gentle woman called Mary Blandy. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author bought these long ago characters to life.

Its based on Mary’s downfall. She was accused of murdering her loving father with Arsenic.
This poison was generally used a lot during that era for many purposes including cleaning and in some cases very small amounts were prescribed for medicinal purposes. It was actually a substance pretty easy to come by in that day and age.

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Born in London, Summer Strevens now lives and writes in Oxfordshire. Capitalising on a lifelong passion for historical research, as well as penning feature articles of regional historical interest for newspapers, magazines and online publications, Summer’s published books include Haunted Yorkshire Dales, York Murder & Crime, The Birth of Chocolate City: Life in Georgian York, The A-Z of ...more