Bessie Mundy, Alice Burnham and Margaret Lofty are three women with one thing in common. They are spinsters and are desperate to marry. Each woman meets a smooth-talking stranger who promises her a better life. She falls under his spell, and becomes ...
his wife. But marriage soon turns into a terrifying experience. In the dark opening months of the First World War, Britain became engrossed by 'The Brides in the Bath' trial. The horror of the killing fields of the Western Front was the backdrop to a murder story whose elements were of a different sort. This was evil of an everyday, insidious kind, played out in lodging houses in seaside towns, in the confines of married life, and brought to a horrendous climax in that most intimate of settings -- the bathroom. The nation turned to a young forensic pathologist, Bernard Spilsbury, to explain how it was that young women were suddenly expiring in their baths. This was the age of science. In fiction, Sherlock Holmes applied a scientific mind to solving crimes. In real-life, would Spilsbury be as infallible as the 'great detective'?
I was glad to be able to read this account of the Brides in the Bath murders having seen the film on TV. Quite obviously,it contains greater detail than the film, including that of the murderer George Smith, the forensic expert Bernard Spilsbury,
..." and the leading detective on the case, Detective Inspector Arthur Neil. Inspector Neil carried out intensive investigations into bank accounts, insurance policies, the movement of people involved,landladies and bank managers. Without his backbreaking investigations little would have been achieved. Bernard Spilsbury - a junior really in the forensic department - came to prominence in the trial of Crippen. However, the author tells in her Aftermath that extensive research by one of today's experts - Dr David Foran - identified, by DNA, that the specimen of tissue stated by Spilsbury to have come from Crippen's wife Cora, actually comes from a male. She highlights the reliance placed on many of today's experts by judge and jury when time throws doubt on their 'expert opinion'. And she cites 'the science of detecting sexual abuse', the mistakes made over 'shaken baby syndrome', and the problems that have arisen over 'cots deaths'. However, without a doubt this is a most interesting and intriguing account. The doubt is, did George Smith murder these three women?Continua...Nascondi
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The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath