In 1925, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, two of the greatest lawyers ever, joined battle in the case of a young schoolmaster charged with teaching the theory of evolution. An historic and very entertaining trial resulted.
The Trial of Mrs MerryfieldIn 1953, a plain, homely, middle-aged woman was accused of poisoning for profit. This trial reached a very satisfactory verdict (says Lustgarten), based partly on evidence concerning the action of yellow phosphorus.
The Penge MysteryIn 1877, four people were accused of a particularly horrifying murder. But the events following the verdict were even more remarkable than the trial itself.