The spellbinding story of Australia's most infamous femme fatale
|Format||Paperback / softback|
|Book Size||32 x 153 x 236 mm (H x W x D)|
|Imprint||New Holland Publishers|
|Release Date||7 May 2018|
|Subject Classification||True stories / True crime|
The Martha Needle story had it all: family conflict, betrayal, gruesomeness, a media frenzy, shattered societal expectations, dodgy lawyers, guileless doctors, questionable police, a mysterious and attractive accused,romance, and even a hint of sexual scandal.Although she was officially only convicted of one murder, Martha paid the ultimate price for her deeds. After a landmark investigation and trial, she was hanged at the gallows– even though many members of society were outraged by the state-endorsed execution of a woman.But amid such an emotional outcry, a multitude of scandalous secrets also fell through the well-oiled trap door with the tight-lipped poisoner on that grim fateful morning. It was readily accepted at the time of her early demise that she had left other victims in her wake.Whilst awaiting her murder trial in this grisly case, Martha sat passively by whilst four bodies – all ultimately found to contain arsenic - were exhumed from their respective graves.
Compelling new evidence is now fully examined for the very first time, firmly placing Martha Needle in the frame for a string of at least five further murders and two attempted killings. It is now time to answer these haunting mysteries, and for the astonishing story of Australia’s legendary Femme Fatale to finally be told.
Dr Brian Williams (PhD) is a writer, educator, public presenter and lawyer fully admitted to the Supreme and High Courts in Australia. He has also developed a special interest in criminal law and criminology – forging a life-long study of true crime. This is his fifth book for New Holland Publishers.