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By Douglas MacGowan

A new examine the lifestyles and 1857 trial of Madeleine Smith, the younger Scottish lady accused of poisoning an undesired suitor, this publication makes use of analyses of Smith's correspondence with the sufferer and her trial testimony to bare a lot approximately Victorian society, Scottish legislations, and the lady who acquired the nebulous verdict of now not confirmed. the decision now not confirmed is exclusive to Scotland: whereas permitting a defendant to head loose, the decision frequently includes a stigma, because it not just exhibits that the prosecution did not turn out its case, but in addition states that the safeguard didn't persuade the jury of the defendant's innocence. Emile L'Angelier, the son of a working-class kinfolk from the Channel Islands, and Madeleine Smith, the daughter of a prosperous Glasgow family members, have been by no means appropriately brought; besides the fact that, they carried on a bootleg affair that might lead to tragedy. The absence of a transparent verdict during this homicide trial rocked Victorian Scotland and England. the tale of the younger woman who (presumably) poisoned her mystery lover in order that she may possibly pass ahead with a family-arranged marriage may survive in print, on degree, and at the display in the course of the following century and a half.

By examining the correspondence among Madeleine and Emile, the felony trial testimony, and the pathology experiences on Emile's physique, Murder in Victorian Scotland provides the main whole photograph so far of the occasions surrounding this notorious crime. This publication exhibits Madeleine's upward push from an nameless defendant into one of many best social celebrities of the day. An in-depth examine the writings of Madeleine's biographers information the range of the way during which Madeleine and Emile have been depicted, numerous theories concerning the proof of the alleged crime, and the folklore mystique of the infamous case. Murder in Victorian Scotland offers worthwhile perception into the constrained international of Victorian ladies and the nice divide among social periods that doomed the bold dating even sooner than it had begun.

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