By Laura Thompson
On three October 1922, as Thompson and her husband Percy have been jogging domestic from the theatre, a guy sprang out of the timber and stabbed Percy to dying. The assailant used to be Bywaters. Believing herself to be a witness, instead of an associate, Edith gave the police information of her organization with Bywaters, then came upon herself arrested as his associate. Her love letters to Bywaters, learn out on the resulting trial, sealed Edith's destiny. She and Bywaters have been hanged for the homicide in January 1923.
But was once Edith particularly in charge? And what position did the modern media play in her conviction? Laura Thompson investigates what a worrying case tells us approximately perceptions of girls in early twentieth-century Britain.
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