The Killer Bean of Calabar and Other Stories by Peter Macinnis

By Peter Macinnis

Juicy anecdotal and quirky tale of toxins and poisoners which are both informative, attention-grabbing, ironic and humourous.

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Then, one night in 1910, Crippen poisoned his wife, cut her KILLER BEAN Text Pages 13/5/04 A SLEW 2:49 PM OF Page 29 POISONERS | 29 rather ample body into smaller parts, and disposed of most of the bits. Failing to dispose of all of the bits was to be a fatal error. Crippen also made the mistake of allowing Ethel to wear one of Belle’s brooches in public. It was a large and recognisable piece, one which her friends spotted immediately. He had first told them his wife had gone off to California, then that she had died there and been cremated, but they knew Belle was a Catholic, and would not have been cremated.

Then, to mark the visit to Sydney of two prominent Friends, James Backhouse and George Walker, he donated a block of land which he said was to become the Friends’ first meetinghouse. ) Time and good fortune had made Tawell rich, but his wife was ill, so as his sentence had expired, he was allowed to escort her back to England. Her condition worsened, and he took on a nurse, Sarah Lawrence. When his wife died, Tawell made Sarah his mistress, and had two children by her. In 1841, he married a Quaker widow, Eliza Cutforth, although annoying the Society of Friends by again being married outside the Society.

Sure enough, the suspect’s teeth were loose and clearly false. KILLER BEAN Text Pages 30 13/5/04 | 2:49 PM THE KILLER BEAN Page 30 OF CALABAR To the world’s press, it was Tawell all over again, and it was, except that it was completely different. Just as Tawell’s arrest had proved the value of the telegraph to two generations, now Crippen’s capture proved the effectiveness of radio, but after that they diverged. S. Laurentic, to overtake the fugitives. Meanwhile, the captain’s message was released to the press, so the English public knew all about the chase, even as it was happening.

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