Bad Companions : Six London Murderesses Who Shocked the World
This book features the cases of six London women, each very different in temperament, age and status, who resorted to murder. Their reasons were varied: in the case of the surly maid Kate Webster, sheer temper seems the likely cause; avarice seemed to spur Catherine Wilson to murder an estimated seven times; desperation to pay for the upkeep of her two-year-old son lay behind Sarah Drake's crime; seductive young cook Eliza Fenning was accused of serving poison with her dumplings; evil mistress Elizabeth Brownrigg whipped her servant to death in a home-built dungeon; and finally, the vicious Catherine Hayes persuaded two lovers - one of whom was her own son - to decapitate her husband in an orgy of violence. This fascinating study explores these cases in depth, and reveals whether these women were tragic, misunderstood or just plain wicked.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 124 x 194 x 22mm | 280g
- 01 Sep 2013
- The History Press Ltd
- Stroud, United Kingdom
- 8 Plates, black and white; 16 Illustrations, black and white
About Kate Clarke
Kate Clarkeis a writer and diarist. She recently retired to Hay-on-Wye after teaching in London s schools for more than 21 years. She has collaborated on five previous true-crime books, one of which, "Murder at the Priory: The Mysterious Poisoning of Charles Bravo" (written with Bernard Taylor), was shortlisted for the CWA s Gold Dagger Award. Her research has also been used in volumes which won this prestigious award."