Life. Trial, Sentence, and Execution of Catherine Wilson, for the Murder of Mrs. Soames.



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Broadside (490 x 380mm). Original sheet trimmed and laid down on recent archival paper, small areas of loss to the extremities, interfering with the text a little on the far left. Small number '41' written in red pencil far right hand corner. With woodcut border and illustration. 

Taylor, London, n.d [added in a contemporary hand October 20

Execution broadside of the nurse Catherine Wilson, for the murder by poisoning with colchicine, her patient Maria Soames, of Albert Street, Bloomsbury, on the 18th October 1856. 

This was Catherine Wilson's second indictment for poisoning a patient, having been acquitted the first time round, to the astonishment of many. The first trial took place, on 16th June 1862. In the documents the accused appears as Constance Wilson, she also occasionally is found under the alias Catherine Taylor / Turner. She was immediately taken back in to custody, and charged with the murder of Maria Soames. During the initial trial the police had been busy putting together further evidence of victims and even exhumed several bodies, including that of Ann Atkinson, Peter Mawer, and James Dixon who was one of Ms. Wilson's former lovers. In seven of these exhumed bodies a variety of poisons were found. 

The Judge presiding said he had 'never heard of a case in which it was more clearly proved that murder had been committed, and where the excruciating pain and agony of the victim were watched with so much deliberation by the murderer,"

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674 - 1919, online. British Library Newspapers, online.

Copies held at the Guildhall Library (no printer). Harvard Law School Library, (Taylor). Tisch, Massachusetts, (publisher not identified). 

Stock Code: 227430

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