Presumed Serial Poisoner, Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann of the Multiple MenPart 1 of a 2-part case history & review of accused serial poisoner, Mary Ann Cotton

Sing, sing, oh, what can I sing;

Mary Ann Cotton is tied up with string

- doggerel from 1873

Miscarriages of justice can be found in all societies. Commonly, these judicial errors are uncovered only when it is too latethe alleged criminal had been executed by the state, either days or years before.

A very plain and cowed Victorian-era British woman may have been such a victim. She was tried in the court of public opinion of poisoning not only three husbands and a lover but many of her own children and step-children as well. The deaths laid a