Last Woman Hanged

Publication Details
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ISBN: 
9781460703625
Year of Publication: 
2014
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Author Information
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Author's Home Country: 
Australia
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Category: 
True Crime
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Book Synopsis

One woman.
Two husbands.
Four trials.
One bloody execution.
The last woman hanged in NSW.

In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa's husbands died suddenly.

The Crown was convinced that Louisa poisoned them with arsenic and, to the horror of many in the legal community, put her on trial an extraordinary FOUR TIMES in order to get a conviction. Louisa protested her innocence until the end. 

Now, in LAST WOMAN HANGED, writer and journalist Caroline Overington delves into the archives to re-examine the original, forensic reports, court documents, judges notebooks, witness statements and police and gaol records, in an effort to discover the truth.

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