Four months later, Robinson married Mary Ann, becoming her third husband. Their child, Mary Isabella, was born that November but died in March 1868. Robinson himself had a lucky escape. He was intrigued as to why she had wanted his life insured for a significant sum. He discovered that she had a secret debt of £60; that she’d stolen more than £50 that she should have banked on his behalf; and that she had forced his older children to pawn household valuables for her. He threw her out. … [Read more...] about She poisoned 21 people including her own mother, children and husbands. So why has no-one heard of Britain’s FIRST serial killer, Mary Ann Cotton?
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I know that Alexandra ended up marrying a man (not Brad) soon after, and stayed in Toowoomba. If I’m being optimistic I like to believe that it would have happened anyway, that it was what she truly wanted, and that she is happy. But remembering the look on her face, I’m not optimistic very often. There is every chance I could be wrong, and I hope I am. Even after it happened, I didn’t harbour any anger towards her. How could I? She was taught that what we were doing was wrong, that people like her parents might not love her if she went through with it, and that the right thing was to be with him. When I think of that night now, I just feel awful for us both. … [Read more...] about Lez miserable: I came out in a country town, and everything changed in an instant
Chinese American Donghui Zang, 49, has started organising neighbourhood patrols in Queens, New York, where the group's more-than-200 members take turns driving around and reporting suspicious activities to the police. A dozen of members in the patrol group, including Mr Zang, have recently applied for firearms permits. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: What attacks on Asians reveal about American identity
FIVER LETTERS “Would it be possible for you to publish an advance schedule of who’s drawn the short straw at Fiver Towers, and has to stay sober/awake long enough to half-heartedly (yes, I’m being generous there) copy and paste a missive together while the rest of the crew can hit the Tin early doors? Just asking for a friend, who despite being no Noble Francis (and indeed, who is?) has had a smattering of successes over the years with letters to The Fiver receiving the honour [cough] of inclusion. But that hasn’t happened once, in all these years, when a certain person whose name sounds a bit like ‘Gary Blendenning’ has been at the editorial tiller. So at the risk of sounding like the kind of conspiracy theorist who may have recently been loitering in the vicinity of 5G masts with a can of petrol and a box of matches, I’m harbouring the suspicion that my drunken and somewhat misjudged heckle (via Twitter) at a Football Weekly Live … [Read more...] about Who wouldn’t want to spend a second consecutive summer day indoors?
It’s Kia Dupree Joppy, whose brother Timothy Dawkins was killed on 21 August 2013: “I feel like Timothy was assassinated because no one really cares about the violence that’s erupting in this city. The neighbourhood where he was murdered has been plagued with violence since my parents’ generation. It’s so ironic that Timothy died the same way so many other young black males have died in this city. He worked so hard counselling others about the evils associated with violence and ignorance. How ironic that many more have been slain since his death in the same neighbourhood.” … [Read more...] about What running Homicide Watch has taught me about crime in America