18 A. Yes , Sir , I told her the child was poisoned , and it was laid to her charge ,
from the cake she sent to her uncle . She said she never made the cake , it was
her daughter made it . She called her daughter , and asked her . She said , “ No ...
“So having talked so much before about poisons and counterpoisons, you have
never once used poison or have composed them with others?” they asked. “
Never,” she insisted. “Faurye used to talk a lot about poisons, he said that he had
Author: Holly Tucker
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
“Tucker writes with gusto . . . high drama.”—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review In the late 1600s, Louis XIV assigns Nicolas de la Reynie to bring order to Paris after the brutal deaths of two magistrates. Reynie, pragmatic and fearless, discovers a network of witches, poisoners, and priests whose reach extends all the way to the king’s court at Versailles. Based on court transcripts and Reynie’s compulsive note-taking, Holly Tucker’s engrossing true-crime narrative makes the characters breathe on the page as she follows the police chief into the dark labyrinths of crime-ridden Paris, the halls of royal palaces, secret courtrooms, and torture chambers.
Fifty sixyears afterWilliam Murfitt diedof cyanide poisoning, andaftera lifeof
adventure, mystery, deception and no little fantasy, the woman the two Scotland
Yard detectives knew murdered himdied respectedin her community, where her ...
Publisher: Thorogood Publishing
As every year goes by... ... the number of people able to give a first hand account of day-to-day life in the early part of the last century naturally diminishes. The small but telling detail disappears. Ethel May Elvin was born in 1906; she recalls her father’s account of standing sentry at Queen Victoria’s funeral, the privations and small pleasures of a working-class Edwardian childhood, growing up through the First World War and surviving the Second. Anyone intrigued by the small events of history and how the majority actually lived day-to-day, will find this a unique and fascinating book.
I submit that no murder can be more determined and more malicious than that by
poison. —Solicitor-General Edward Carson It was not considered the trial of the
era, but then again very few people in London at the time understood that the ...
Author: R. Michael Gordon
Category: Social Science
Considered a primary suspect in the unsolved Jack the Ripper murders, Polish-born Severin Antoniovich Klosowski also gained considerable notoriety as “The Borough Poisoner of Southwark” in the late 1800s. Within a span of five years, Klosowski took on three women as his wives and lethally poisoned each with deadly doses of antimony. This study of Klosowski’s murders of Mary Spink, Elizabeth “Bessie” Taylor and Maud Marsh includes extensive accounts of the individual crimes, the accompanying investigations and Klosowski’s conviction and execution. The final chapter examines intense police and media speculation that Klosowski may also have been the unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper, citing period news articles and more recent developments in the notorious case. One appendix provides a detailed timeline of Klosowski’s “poison period” from 1892 to 1903.
Murder by poison provided early modern English readers with some of the most
gruesome news of deadly crimes. Although reported more intermittently than
other forms of homicide, accounts of the effect of arsenic or mercury on victims' ...
Author: Associate Professor of English Randall Martin
Category: Literary Criticism
This book presents the first comprehensive study of over 120 printed news reports of murders and infanticides committed by early modern women. It offers an interdisciplinary analysis of female homicide in post-Reformation news formats ranging from ballads to newspapers. Individual cases are illuminated in relation to changing legal, religious, and political contexts, as well as the dynamic growth of commercial crime-news and readership.
Just as with phosphorus, the story of the dangerously toxic elements began in the
days of alchemy when for hundreds of ... along the way these alchemical
experiments poisoned famous scientists and even killed a king, as we shall
Author: John Emsley
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Health & Fitness
A fascinating account of the five most toxic elements describes the lethal chemical properties of arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, and thallium, as well as their use in some of the most famous murder cases in history, with profiles of such deadly poisoners as Mary Ann Cotton, Michael Swango, and Saddam Hussein and a look at modern-day environmental catastrophes.
There were some medical difficulties formerly connected with this subject , since ,
on an indictment for poisoning , it was always necessary to prove that death was
caused by poison ; but the person may be indicted for murder , and the proof of ...
Author: Alfred Swaine Taylor
Category: Forensic toxicology
Judged , since under Code , $ 4728 , making all murment of imprisonment in the
penitentiary ders perpetrated by means of poison murder in “ for the term of his
natural life " was renthe first degree , defendant was either guilty of dered on the ...
Category: Law reports, digests, etc
subject , it was said that homicide committed by administering a drug or using an
instrument upon a woman to commit an abortion was not murder in the first
degree , even though the drug was a poison , the poisoning contemplated by
Author: Emlin McClain
Category: Criminal law
references to poisons as well. During the time of the Roman Empire, poisoning
someone as a way to commit murder gained legendary popularity, giving rise to
such thankless careers as food tasters. For centuries, poisoning has been a ...
Author: Richard A. Stripp
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
The Forensic Aspects of Poisons introduces students to the basic principles of forensic toxicology and the role of poisons in forensic science. Emphasis is placed on the common drugs and poisons that are encountered by a practicing forensic toxicologist and the approach to determining their medicolegal role in establishing the cause of death and disease. Topics explored include homicide by chemical means, the role of drugs and chemicals in other types of accidental and intentional deaths, and how the interpretation of such cases is utilized in the criminal court setting. An introduction to the basic applied methods of urine drug testing, human performance toxicology, and sports testing is also provided.
It is also an insidious poison and for a time was used in domestic murders. Today
it is virtually impossible to use it as a murder weapon since other chemicals are
now added to warn of its dangers. However, when paraquat was first introduced ...
Author: John Emsley
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Molecules of Murder is about infamous murderers and famous victims; about people like Harold Shipman, Alexander Litvinenko, Adelaide Bartlett, and Georgi Markov. Few books on poisons analyse these crimes from the viewpoint of the poison itself, doing so throws a new light on how the murders or attempted murders were carried out and ultimately how the perpetrators were uncovered and brought to justice. Part I includes molecules which occur naturally and were originally used by doctors before becoming notorious as murder weapons. Part II deals with unnatural molecules, mainly man-made, and they too have been dangerously misused in famous crimes. The book ends with the most famous poisoning case in recent years, that of Alexander Litvinenko and his death from polonium chloride. The first half of each chapter starts by looking at the target molecule itself, its discovery, its history, its chemistry, its use in medicine, its toxicology, and its effects on the human body. The second half then investigates a famous murder case and reveals the modus operandi of the poisoner and how some were caught, some are still at large, and some literally got away with murder. Molecules of Murder will explain how forensic chemists have developed cunning ways to detect minute traces of dangerous substances, and explain why some of these poisons, which appear so life-threatening, are now being researched as possible life-savers. Award winning science writer John Emsley has assembled another group of true crime and chemistry stories to rival those of his highly acclaimed Elements of Murder.
A poisoning murder is usually an intimate or " household " crime , with the
principals usually united by close emotional ties ( the marital bond is the most
common ) . Additional contrasts are that the victim of a poisoning is defenseless ,
with no ...
Author: John Harris Trestrail
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
In this revised and expanded edition, leading forensic scientist John Trestrail offers a pioneering survey of all that is known about the use of poison as a weapon in murder. Topics range from the use of poisons in history and literature to convicting the poisoner in court, and include a review of the different types of poisons, techniques for crime scene investigation, and the critical essentials of the forensic autopsy. The author updates what is currently known about poisoners in general and their victims. The Appendix has been updated to include the more commonly used poisons, as well as the use of antifreeze as a poison.
... the Death Warrant, Officer's Return Upon It, and the Confession George
Canning Hersey, James Manning Winchell Yerrinton. for murder by poisoning , in
every work of authority , charge that poison was given with intent to kill and
Author: George Canning Hersey
Category: Trials (Murder)
CHAPTER FOUR The Significance of Poison T hroughout the Black Atlantic , the
use of poison was strongly associated ... have prepared and exhibited poisonous
medicines , by which many persons have been murdered , and others have ...
Author: Douglas Brent Chambers
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Category: Culture conflict
CHAPTER 2 Murder Toxic plant and animal products have been used for
thousands 1 of years in hunting , execution , and warfare . Usually , the
poisonous extracts were smeared on arrows or spears , and the earliest reliable
written evidence ...
Author: J. Mann
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
People have always been curious about the plants and animals with which they coexist. Primitive cultures identified edible and poisonous plants largely by trial and error, and then used them for hunting, executions, euthanasia, and magico-religious rites, as well as for their medicinalproperties. In this fascinating book, John Mann investigates the evolution of modern medicine from its roots in folk medicine, and reveals the continuing importance of natural plant and animal products, many of which remain undiscovered but under threat by the wholesale destruction of the Earth'swild places. In this new edition, he has updated the material to include discussion of the background to some of the most talked-about drugs of recent years, including Prozac and Viagra. 'This is an erudite treasure trove in which each page sparkles with a concoction of historical anecdote andscientific revelation.' The Good Book Guide 'The book is peppered throughout with the legend, superstition and science of bygone ages, and interesting reading they make.' New Scientist 'This highly entertaining account investigates the evolution of modern medicines. ...Professor Mann does it withgreat style.' The Lancet '... an excellent introductory text for those not liable to dizziness as they jump from one culture to another, or one century to the next. ' Nature '... provides intelligent material for those advocating conservation of our global plant resources because of theirpotentially important reservoir of therapeutically active chemicals for animal and human disease.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Delightfully rich... buy and read Mann's wonderful book.' Chemical and Engineering News
The evidence , however , I think , indisputably court further charged that the
offenses of an shows that the deceased died from some kind assault with intent to
commit murder , as- of poisoning . That , I think , is clearly shown sault and battery
Category: Law reports, digests, etc
He wasn't taking any chances. Any one of those poison cakes would have killed
thedog.' 'Now,in ordertoplant that poison onthe insideofthe room, the poisoner
musthave had access to that room,isn't thatright?' Dr Perry's foreheadtwisted
Author: Erle Stanley Gardner
Publisher: Hachette UK
The little clergyman had died peacefully in bed in the Madison Hotel. But Douglas Selby, recently elected District Attorney, suspected there was more to this death than meets the eye, and soon knew that something was definitely wrong. So Doug finds himself faced not only with a wily murderer, but with virulence from a hostile press, reluctant witnesses, and a film star unwilling to explain why she was on the spot.
KILLING WITH POISON is often cast as a passionate, even romantic, act. Popular
writers (as opposed to, say, coroners) know there is an audience for the murky
details of a good murder scene. Feature articles, like one I found recently, hand ...
Author: Gail Bell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
"Readers with a strong stomach will enjoy this unusual memoir laced with a natural history of poison." - Publishers Weekly Years after Dr. William Macbeth died, his ornate medicine case passed to his estranged son. Over the protests of his family, the son buried it deep in the ground, out of sight and out of reach. Then ten-years-old, Macbeth's granddaughter Gail Bell watched the mysterious case of elixirs arrive at her home. She watched her father treat it like a poison chalice. Only decades later would she understand why: the case concealed evidence of her family's deadly secret. In 1927, Macbeth was accused of poisoning two of his sons. He never stood trial. Bell, determined to discover how this "calm, warm, and caring" healer could become a cunning murderer--and evade detection--eventually uncovered the dark secrets that her father had tried to hide from the world. But as the unexpected twists of her investigation reveal, nothing is as straightforward as it seems. At the same time, she explores what the crime of poisoning reveals about humanity, through the perspectives of myth, history, fiction, and the great poison trials. A pharmacist by profession, and the granddaughter of a suspected poisoner by circumstance, she is perfectly placed to revisit the cases of Cleopatra, Emma Bovary, Napoleon's doctor, Harold Shipman, and Dr. Crippen, and she is equally well-suited to chronicle the devastating effects of poison's many forms, from hemlock and belladonna to arsenic and strychnine. Poison is at once a fascinating history of the science and sociology of poisoning, and a true, first-person account of one woman's struggle to understand its mysterious role in her own family's murderous history.
BY POISONING. N 0 species of murder is so base and cowardly, or so cool and
deliberate in its perpetration as murder by poison, which because of its secresy
prevents all precaution, whereas most Open murder gives the party killed some ...
Author: John Ayrton Paris
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The physician and author John Ayrton Paris (1785-1856), several of whose other medical and popular works have been reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection, and his co-author J. S. M. Fonblanque (1787-1865), barrister and administrator, published this three-volume work in 1823. It remained almost the only work on the topic of medical jurisprudence for many years. The authors define the term as 'a science by which medicine, and its collateral branches, are made subservient to the construction, elucidation, and administration of the laws; and to the preservation of public health'. Volume 2 continues the discussion of homicide in all its various aspects (including suspicious deaths which might in fact be accidental): suffocation, drowning, hanging, and battery. Proceedings at coroners' inquests are described, and there is a very extensive section on the various types of poison.
They died unnaturally, victims of the poison of kings and the king of poisons. The
very word 'poison' shocks. Throughout time murder by knife, gun and blunt
instrument has never attracted the same degree of revulsion as killing by poison,
Author: Maurice Morson
Category: True Crime
Maurice Morson has reconstructed, in painstaking detail, several of the most shocking and intriguing episodes from Norfolk's criminal history for this gripping study. He recalls the extraordinary case of Richard Nockolds, the violent weaver who revelled in assault, arson and machine-wrecking; the two cut-throats who were hanged for killing Hannah Mansfield; Herbert Bennett, found guilty of strangling his wife with a bootlace; Rosa Kowen who may - or may not - have battered her husband to death; John Stratford who murdered the wrong man; Samuel Yarham, the prosecution witness and real murderer; William Jacobs and Thomas Allen, both convicted of killing policemen; and, perhaps the most infamous case of all, the Burnham Westgate multiple murders. To these cases Maurice Morson has applied his skill as a historical researcher and his forensic experience as a former detective. Each case is closely reviewed, and the evidence is questioned. He gives a vivid insight into the local background, the personalities of the individuals involved, their relationships, the means by which the crimes were committed, and the workings of the police force and the justice system which often seems, to our modern eyes, clumsy and mistaken. This engrossing new book confirms Maurice Morson's reputation as the leading chronicler of crime in the county.