help needed in solving a murder

Jon Awbrey jawbrey at
Fri Jul 1 04:48:56 CEST 2005


| Joe Loewenstein provides the following about #12640,
| "Trial of Mary Blandy", edited by William Roughead:
| Mary Blandy (then 31 years old) was hanged in 1752 for poisoning her father.
| She had made the mistake of advertising for a husband and offering a dowry of
| 10,000 pounds.  She fell for one of the scoundrels she attracted, and he talked
| her into poisoning her father.  Her trial at the Oxford Assizes and her subsequent
| hanging were public sensations.  She was said to have been a very modest woman, and
| her final plea to the hangman was, "Don't hang me high."

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