Dickens for the Defense of a She-Devil in the Dock (In Stereo)

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CLEWS takes you to the Old Bailey for the trial of killer Emma “Kitty” Byron, a beauty who stabbed a stock broker to death in broad daylight. The mandatory penalty for murder is death by hanging. It should have been an open-and-shut case. But Miss Byron is lovely, and her attorney is the son of Charles Dickens, who once said that some murders are highly popular. Will Dickens save her, or will Kitty swing?

Sources:

Laura James, The beauty defense, 2020.

Theresa Murphy, The Old Bailey, 1999.

Sir Henry Fielding Dickens, Recollections, 1934.

Albert Crew, The Old Bailey, 1933.

Edward Grice, Great Cases of Sir Henry Curtis Bennett K.C., 1937.

Bell et al. The A-Z of Victorian crime, 2016.

Elizabeth Hennessy, The Stock Exchange Murder, in Coffee house to cyber market: 200 years of the London Stock Exchange, 2001.

Robert Jackson, Case for the Prosecution, 1962.

Sir Travers Humphreys, A Book of Trials, 1953.

www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, January 30, 2018), December 1902, trial of Emma Byron, 24, Otherwise known as Kitty Byron (t19021215-94).

Drawing by William Hartley of Kitty Byron in the dock at the Old Bailey (1902) (cropped). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, from Jackie Keily and Julia Hoffbrand, The crime museum uncovered: inside Scotland Yard's special collection. I.B. Tauris & Co (2015).

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kitty_Byron_in_the_dock.jpg

Photograph of Sir Henry Fielding Dickens in the public domain, from the National Portrait Gallery via Wikimedia commons,

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_Fielding_Dickens_in_the_1890s.jpeg

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