On January 8, 1889, Louisa Collins was executed in the colony of New South Wales, hanged for the murder of her second husband. In fact, Collins, an impoverished mother of ten, was suspected of poisoning her first husband, too, but three previous trials had failed to garner a guilty verdict for either crime. This fascinating historical narrative revives the "terrible, true story"
of Collins and her tragic demise, delving into the original forensic evidence and examining the extraordinary four trials to discover the truth about Collins's guilt. In the course of her investigation, Caroline Overington brings to life such fascinating characters as the all-male jury members who convicted Collins; the young girl coerced to testify against her mother; the notorious hangman who oversaw the accused's final moments; and the brave women who took up Collins's cause - and sparked a women's rights movement that would profoundly affect the fledgling nation of Australia. (AG)
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