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Adelaide Bartlett, the Pimlico Poisoner

The Pimlico Poisoning Mystery

A carte-de-visite portrait of Adelaide Bartlett, the woman at the centre of a notorious case that came to be known as The Pimlico Mystery or The Pimlico Poisoning Mystery.

The case concerned the death in 1886 of Thomas Edwin Bartlett, possibly at the hands of his wife, Adelaide Blanche Bartlett, in the Pimlico district of London (85 Claverton Street). A fatal quantity of chloroform was found in Mr Bartlett's stomach, despite there being no damage to his throat or windpipe, and no evidence of how the chloroform might otherwise have reached his stomach. Adelaide Bartlett was tried for her husband's murder and was acquitted. By the jury's own statement in court Mrs Bartlett's acquittal was partly secured because the prosecution could not prove how Mrs Bartlett could have committed the crime.

The surgeon Sir James Paget quipped 'Now that she has been acquitted for murder and cannot be tried again, she should tell us in the interest of science how she did it!'

Photographer unidentified (reverse is blank).


Code: 125040
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