Hello again readers,more details now about my new and second book Arsenic Sally. You should also get a first look at the first cover design, I am in the process of adjusting it slightly so its a work in progress….
Now back to my story. It has been a long and exhausting trial and the jury has been out a long long time which was most unusual in Victorian times. When they return the verdict is given. The woman is found guilty of murdering her husband and her paramour is found not guilty. He immediately falls to his knees in the dock with relief. The woman maintains her dignity and silence. The judge then puts a black death cap on. In reality it is only a square of black material but must be worn by any judge declaring a death sentence.He addresses the woman in serious tones as he sentences her to death. She must be hanged by the neck until she is dead. As the judge finishes speaking the woman declares her total innocence. She is taken to the gaol below the courtroom and she now has just over a week left to live.
Not everyone believes she is guilty and a campaign begins to have her death sentence changed to life imprisonment. Letters start appearing in the local papers. These open up an old debate; is hanging itself a justice or revenge? Soon petitions start up in both Nottingham and the village of Eastwood. Within a few days over 10,000 signatures are gathered and an open letter is also written to Queen Victoria. The woman receives support from surprising sources. Some of the magistrates and justices of the town are concerned and one volunteers to take the petition down to London and to the Home secretary. All this takes time and the day of execution is fast approaching. It is now less than 48 hours to go. The visit to London bears fruit and the Justice returns on the evening train. Then there is a problem on the line and his train is diverted to Derby where he must spend the night. This means he cannot convey the good news for at least another 12 hours.
Meanwhile the hangman has arrived in Nottingham with a carpet bag carrying the tools of his trade. Contractors have already started putting up the scaffold and erecting barricades. It is getting late. Will the woman hang…………………… or will she saved at the last minute?
OK thats enough excitement for now. I will be back again tomorrow with more details and the synopsis for my new book………..