Death on the CrumblesIn 1924, Patrick Mahon admitted to dismembering the victim's body but denied committing the murder. This fascinating trial was presided over by "The Hanging Judge", Mr Justice Avory.
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 Blazing Car CaseFor this famous 1931 murder, Norman Birkett was prosecuting counsel. His brilliant attack in this complicated trial has been debated ever since.
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.
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.
You can find the following Poe tales in this program: "The Tell-Tale Heart", ...