Did She Kill Him? : A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic, Hardback

Did She Kill Him? : A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery and Arsenic Hardback

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In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. 'The Maybrick Mystery' had all the makings of a sensation: a pretty, flirtatious young girl; resentful, gossiping servants; rumours of gambling and debt; and torrid mutual infidelity.

The case cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability, shocking and exciting the public in equal measure as they clambered to read the latest revelations of Florence's past and glimpse her likeness in Madame Tussaud's.

Florence's fate was fiercely debated in the courtroom, on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlours and backyards across the country.

Did she poison her husband? Was her previous infidelity proof of murderous intentions?

Was James' own habit of self-medicating to blame for his demise?

Historian Kate Colquhoun recounts an utterly absorbing tale of addiction, deception and adultery that keeps you asking to the very last page, did she kill him?


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 432 pages, 8pp b/w
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9781408703908



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Well I still don't know. The author presents all the evidence from the time and some that came out later and still doesn't know. Her husband didn't display all the symptoms of Arsenic poisoning, and in fact he was taking Arsenic before that as a medicine, he seems to have been a hypochondriac and is possibly a good example of fatal drug interactions, leading to death.Florence Maybrick was a southern belle, whose mother brought her to England to find a husband, which she did. James Maybrick was older than her and his servants didn't really like her, so when another man showed her some affection she embraced a chance at love. This didn't work and then suddenly her husband becomes ill and begins a marathon illness where her care was questioned and suspicions of murder build. During the case there was a lot of emphasis on her adultery, making her dishonest and makes the judge convinced of her guilt. His competence is later questioned. Interesting real-life murder mystery with no solution.

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