So, it’s all over! Thanks to the people that have taken the time to write to me – for the nice comments and for the constructive ones! I am getting back to a few each day, so please forgive me if it takes a while!
Here are some of the inspirations behind Episode 4.
The opening case is one that you won’t find in the Old Bailey Online – it was indeed struck from the record. However, a record of it survives in a pamphlet called ‘Modern Propensities’ that is available in the British Library and which a Professor drew my attention to. It’s an incredible document, with a great etching on the front with a very happy looking composer Kotzwara on the front with a noose around his neck and a blushing bride to his side. Basically, the pamphlet is an excuse to talk about sexual kicks from strangulation. At the back of it is an account of the case and general reports of what Garrow said. The final circumstances of exactly why she got off is not clear. From memory, the pamphlet says something like the barristers approached the bench and after a short discussion, the prisoner was discharged.
I’ll write some stuff on the treason trial tomorrow.
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