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ISBN: 9781841145839i
AUTHOR: Pamela Brooks
Norfolk Poisoners (epub e-book)
Norfolk Poisoners (epub e-book)
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We have a morbid fascination of murder by poison. The crime is usually premeditated, often with detailed planning needed to administer the poison without suspicion either to the victim or to the subsequent investigators. Death may take weeks or months as the poison slowly takes hold. In past times the penalty of death was almost always invoked for such heartless crimes.

Norfolk Poisoners is aimed at readers who enjoy local history and stories of true crimes. This is one of the few books which deals specifically with the murders around Norwich and Norfolk. The book covers 15 or so actual crimes from the heyday of poisoning – the nineteenth-century – introducing us to the murderers, their victims and the investigations, based on contemporary reports, trial records and gallows broadsheets.

Cases and places include: The Hempnall Poisoner, 1839. Charles Daines, executed for the attempted murder of his wife using arsenic in her tea. • In 1825 Mary Neal and her daughter Susan were charged with attempting to murder Mr Hales of Yarmouth and his family. • The Happisburgh poisonings. In1846 77-year-old Jonathan Balls, his wife and four grandchildren died of poisoning. • The Stow Bardolph ‘Wholesale’ poisonings, 1850. A family of 10 were poisoned, but whom and why? • The Tibbenham poisonings. In1847 Mary Pearson and Elizabeth Everett were poisoned by arsenic; the murder was thought to have been committed by the maidservant.

Pamela Brooks is a freelance author, historian and journalist who grew up in Norfolk and, following a degree in English, has lived in Norwich for over 20 years. She has written several books on the history of Norfolk and Norwich, and also writes romantic fiction as Kate Hardy; she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romance Prize in 2006. She lives with her husband, two children, a Springer spaniel, and too many books to count!

ISBN 978 184114 583 9, paperback, 210x148mm, 129 pages. Published May 2007.

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