Murder in Victorian Scotland: The Trial of Madeleine Smith by Douglas MacGowan

By Douglas MacGowan

A new examine the lifestyles and 1857 trial of Madeleine Smith, the younger Scottish girl accused of poisoning an undesired suitor, this ebook makes use of analyses of Smith's correspondence with the sufferer and her trial testimony to bare a lot approximately Victorian society, Scottish legislations, and the girl who acquired the nebulous verdict of now not confirmed. the decision no longer confirmed is exclusive to Scotland: whereas permitting a defendant to move loose, the decision usually contains a stigma, because it not just shows that the prosecution didn't turn out its case, but additionally states that the safeguard did not persuade the jury of the defendant's innocence. Emile L'Angelier, the son of a working-class kin from the Channel Islands, and Madeleine Smith, the daughter of a prosperous Glasgow relatives, have been by no means effectively brought; besides the fact that, they carried on a bootleg affair that may lead to tragedy. The absence of a transparent verdict during this homicide trial rocked Victorian Scotland and England. the tale of the younger lady who (presumably) poisoned her mystery lover in order that she may possibly move ahead with a family-arranged marriage could survive in print, on level, and at the reveal through the following century and a half.

By interpreting the correspondence among Madeleine and Emile, the felony trial testimony, and the pathology experiences on Emile's physique, Murder in Victorian Scotland supplies the main whole photo to this point of the occasions surrounding this notorious crime. This publication exhibits Madeleine's upward push from an nameless defendant into one of many prime social celebrities of the day. An in-depth examine the writings of Madeleine's biographers information the diversity of how within which Madeleine and Emile have been depicted, numerous theories in regards to the proof of the alleged crime, and the folklore mystique of the infamous case. Murder in Victorian Scotland offers beneficial perception into the restricted global of Victorian ladies and the nice divide among social sessions that doomed the bold dating even ahead of it had begun.

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