A Contemporary Opinion on a Sensational 1889 Murder by a Female Physician Densmore, Helen. [Maybrick Murder Case]. The Maybrick Case: English Criminal Law. London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co.; New York: Stillman & Co., . 148 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 5"). Stiff textured wrappers, gilt title to front. Some rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, front cover beginning to detach at ends, fading to edges of rear cover. Presentation inscription from author to front free endpaper, light toning to text. $750. * Only edition. In 1889 Florence Elizabeth Maybrick [1862-1941], a American-born socialite, was convicted for fatally poisoning her husband, James Maybrick, a Liverpool cotton merchant with a history of drug abuse. Despite scanty evidence pointing to her guilt and several procedural irregularities, she was sentenced to death. Public outrage led the Home Office to commute her sentence to life in prison. She was released 15 years later. This case attracted a great deal of attention and generated a large literature that includes Densmore's book. Densmore, a medical doctor, believed Maybrick was innocent and deserved a retrial. Written while Maybrick was in prison, her study argues that Mr. Maybrick poisoned himself. OCLC locates 7 copies in law libraries (Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Library of Congress, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, Yale).
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