FOUR Murder of Husbands, Lovers, or Rivals in Love
Martha Alden, Ann Crampton, Sarah Huntingford, Ann Barber, Sophia Edney, Sarah Westwood, Catherine Foster, Mary Ball, Sarah Ann French, Charlotte Harris, Ann Merritt, Hannah Southgate, Mary Reeder, Maria Manning, Martha Brown, Ellen Cook, Elizabeth Gibbons, Eleanor Pearcey, Betsey MʼMullan, Fanny Oliver, Adelaide Bartiett, Florence Maybrick and Alice Rhodes
Patrick Wilson found that nearly every woman executed after 1843, when Home Office statistics began identifying criminals by gender, was influenced in her crime by a man. ʻThe husband or lover of a murderess invariably plays a part in causing the murder,ʼ in Wilsonʼs view, ʻif only, because, like Everest, he is there. The same cannot be said of male crimes of violence.ʼ¹
Wilson is not holding men responsible for the murders, but he does point out that the ubiquitous Thomas Newport could well have inspired, and even condoned, Sarah Cheshamʼs poisoning activities, Robert May (who had married Mary after...