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Poison Panic: Arsenic deaths in 1840s Essex by [Barrell, Helen]
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About the Author

Helen Barrell is a librarian at the University of Birmingham. She has written for magazines such as Fortean Times and Family Tree, and transcribes parish registers from Essex and Suffolk for the FreeREG project. It was while transcribing the burial register for Wix, in Essex, where some of her ancestors lived, that Helen found a note in the margin: This man was better known by an alias, Spratty Wats . He was poisoned with arsenic by his sister-in-law Mary May, and she was hanged for it. The more she read, the more Helen realised it was part of a much larger scandal, and discovered that the story of her own family crosses over with the poison panic . Helen has her own history website and blog at www.essexandsuffolksurnames.co.uk and author website at www.helenbarrell.co.uk

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 24335 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword History (31 Aug. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01KY9BDWA
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #567,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fascinating insight into the world of early forensics, this book is well-written and engaging. I recommend it to anyone interested in both social history and early crime detection but it is also a really good read in itself.
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very good read
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What a brilliant book! It is so well written and the subject matter so interesting that I felt compelled to read the whole thing in two sittings. The writing style is so engaging and it is very evident that the author has done very thorough research. How fascinating that so many of the historical characters mentioned in this book are relatives of the author herself. I'd highly recommend this book as it gives so much more insight into these famous historical poison muder cases and it makes one wonder how guilty these women really were. I had also never thought about early forensic science before, and learned a lot from this book.
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‘Poison Panic’ explores a series of long-forgotten but fascinating real-life cases of arsenic poisoning in 1840s Essex. The background to the cases is clearly explained and well-illustrated, setting the alleged crimes solidly in their geographical and social settings, and with the underlying question of whether these women really were murderers, or victims of circumstances. The stories reveal a mid-Victorian fascination with, and fear of, poisoning, sometimes linked to financial gain through subscriptions to burial clubs. The occurrence of arsenic poisoning in the county of Essex is really quite shocking!

The three main cases, which all have different outcomes, are brilliantly re-created through Helen Barrell’s meticulous research. Her style is straightforward and clear, examining the circumstances of each woman, the key events and the subsequent trials. She gives a rich insight into their lives, their relationships and their daily struggles. There are interesting links throughout between the crimes and the local environment, as well as wider society and early developments in forensic science. It is a very readable narrative, which successfully brings the characters back to life, with detailed descriptions, photographs and images. The book is even peppered with the author’s own ancestors, which adds an intriguing personal dimension.

‘Poison Panic’ is a clever mix of family history and true crime. It is an excellent book and a must read for all lovers of historic crime.
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