Poison is a Woman’s Weapon

September 18, 2019

After the summer break our September lecture will tell us more about a Victorian murder in Liverpool

Retired solicitor Angela Brabin will be shedding light on murder in Victorian Liverpool in her talk, ‘Poison is a Woman’s Weapon’.

Two sisters, Catherine Flanagan and Margaret Higgins were hanged in Liverpool in 1884 for the murder of Margaret’s husband, Thomas Higgins.

He had been heavily insured and then poisoned with arsenic obtained by soaking flypaper in water.

At the trial, evidence proved that he was not their only victim nor were they the only women involved in what turned out to be a web of killing. The more the police investigated the longer the list of victims became and it was clear that the practice of insuring and then poisoning family, friends and neighbours was widespread all over the country in the poor areas and had been going on for decades. The authorities expressed no surprise merely a weary resignation that they would have to do something to rectify the situation.

This is an evening meeting to be held on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, in the top floor meeting room of Liverpool Central Library starting at 6.15 p.m.

Please check the website for any last-minute changes.

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