The Brides in the Bath Case
A bizarre story, a callous and hypocritical killer...but what stands out in this 1915 trial is Marshall Hall's defence of a hopeless case.The Penge Mystery
In 1877, four people were accused of a particularly horrifying murder. But the events following the verdict were even more remarkable than the trial itself.
The Brides in the Bath Case & The Penge Mystery luridly describes two famous murder trials from the 19th and 20th centuries that horrified England.
George Joseph Smith has been called "the worst criminal ever known in Britain" - though Jack the Ripper might disagree - and was put on trial in 1915 for the murder of three women; their butchered bodies senselessly found in their bathtubs. This became known as the "Brides in the Bath Murders".
In 1877, Harriet Staunton’s gold-digging husband and four others were accused of holding her in captivity and starving her to death. It scandalized Victorian England and attending the trial became a twisted kind of viewing party for upper society. Performed ominously, like a brooding Sherlock Holmes, by Edward Lustgarten.
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