Category Archives: Historic Crime and Legal

Not Getting Away With Murder in the 1840s — the Intrepid Victorian Coroner

Sorry for my absence. My husband was away on a business trip, and I was a single mother for two weeks. So my blog suffered. On a brighter note, I’ve been researching Victorian murder. Fun! Turns out if you’re writing a … Continue reading

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A Murder Most Foul in 1741

The following images and descriptions of gruesomeness come from  published in 1795 Circumstantial Account of JAMES HALL, who was hanged in the Strand for the Murder of his Master. This malefactor, according to the account given by himself, was descended of honest parents, of Wells … Continue reading

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Morning Dress, Opera Dress, Murder Dress — Fashions and Poisons from the Late 1820s

So, you’re writing along on your next historical fiction masterpiece and you come to that place in your story where a character has to die by a “sedative and narcotic poison.” The first thing you think is: what does the … Continue reading

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