Papers relating to the case of Thomas Smethurst
Apothecary and water-cure enthusiast Dr Thomas Smethurst, also known as ''The Richmond Poisoner'', was convicted of the murder of Isabella Bankes, his wife through bigamous marriage. However, the guilty verdict proved controversial and the medical evidence provided during the trial was disputed. Taylor had admitted during the trial that one of his tests for arsenic had been contaminated, which, despite Taylor's confidence that arsenic was present, cast doubt on all the forensic evidence. Smethurst was eventually reprieved and pardoned for murder, however he did have to serve time for bigamy.
The collection contains a report, press cuttings and a pamphlet relating to the case.
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