On this date in 1836, two different Englishwomen hanged in Gloucester and Liverpool for seeing off their respective husbands with arsenic.
They’re the subjects of an excellent pair of posts by Naomi Clifford, author of such topical-to-Executed Today fare as Women and the Gallows, 1797-1837 and The Murder of Mary Ashford: The Crime that Changed English Legal History, which concerns the long overdue abolition of juridical trial by combat in Great Britain … after an accused murderer used this artifact to escape prosecution in 1817.
Here’s Clifford on our poisoners, bound for separate gallows on April 9, 1836:
Clifford makes a triptych here with a third post about yet another poisoner who shared the same fate five days later.
- Sophia Edney (Ilchester, Somerset)