Notable Historical Trials IV – Dr. William Palmer

Another chapter down in the Folio Society‘s collection of historical trials.  This one took place in 1856.  Doctor William Palmer liked to live high and gamble, but his losses soon outpaced his earnings and savings.  His solution was to start killing people to win inheritances, or kill his creditors to wipe out the debt.

There were a few cases where he poisoned someone who had just won some money at the races, and would insert a forged promise to assume some of Palmer’s debt onto the corpse.

Why is this notable?  Probably just that in England in that day crime was thought to be class based.  The fact that a respected professional like Palmer could run wild was very surprising and disturbing.

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