Victorian Murder: The ‘Barnes Mystery’

The terrible crime at Richmond at last, On Catherine Webster now has been cast, Tried and found guilty she is sentenced to die. From the strong hand of justice she cannot fly. She has tried all excuses but of no avail, About this and murder she’s told many tales, She has tried to throw blame […]

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Ireland’s Eye: Murder or Victorian Prejudice?

There is a small island, situated just off the north Dublin coastal town of Howth, that is as famous for its outline, as it is for a ‘murder’ in 1852. William Bourke Kirwan was a Dublin miniaturist and anatomical artist. He married Maria Louisa Crowe in 1840. On the surface William Kirwan lived a charmed […]

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A Foul Victorian Murder

Are you a witch? Are you a fairy? Are you the wife Of Michael Cleary? — Children’s rhyme from Southern Tipperary, Ireland Everyone enjoys a good fairy-tale. Being Irish, I grew up with them and often heard tales of fairy forts and changelings and the consequences of interfering with either. Many cultures around the world […]

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