The Role of Cheap Fiction in the Life and Trial of Edith Thompson

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I 1923, Edith Thompson became the first woman hanged in England in sixteen years. Though her lover, Frederick Bywaters, stabbed her husband Percy Thompson in October 1922, Edith was executed after being found guilty of lethal incitement and conspiracy to murder. Her letters, full of fanciful writings about poisoning her husband, were the key pieces of… (More)

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