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Death By Poisoning
No Reprieve For The Young Woman Who Murdered Her Sister
On wednesday, 19th july, 1899, Mary Ansell, 22, a maidservant, was hanged for the murder, by poisoning, of her sister, Caroline, a patient in Watford Asylum.
Was the accused, as the defence argued, herself insane?
Should the home secretary have taken heed of the many representations made to spare Mary’s life?
SHOULD MARY ANSELL HAVE HANGED?