The Trial of Mrs Maybrick
This 1889 trial of a woman accused of poisoning her husband featured forensic evidence and a great lawyer for the defence.The Trial of Mrs Merryfield
In 1953, a plain, homely, middle-aged woman was accused of poisoning for profit. This trial reached a very satisfactory verdict (says Lustgarten), based partly on evidence concerning the action of yellow phosphorus.
Mrs. Maybrick & Mrs. Merryfield describes the parallel true-crime trials of Florence Maybrick, a young American woman accused of murdering her older husband with arsenic in Britain in 1889, and Louisa Merrryfield, an English housekeeper who, in 1953, was accused of murdering her landlady, Sarah Ann Ricketts, with phosphorous poison.
Both murders, 64 years apart, shocked the nation and sparked sensational trials and crushing media coverage throughout England. Edgar Lustgarten navigates the listener through myriad historical facts and crime evidence with gripping clarity; leaving the guilt of both women in doubt.
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