||Black Widow : the true story of Australia's first female serial killer / Carol Baxter.
Baxter, Carol J, author.
||Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2015.
|| 366 pages : portrait, pbk ; 24 cm.
|| Part 1. Suspicion -- Part 2. Confusion -- Part 3. Wrathfulness -- Part 4. Retribution -- Part 5. Justification -- Epilogue.
She was known as 'The Botany Murderess' or 'Lucrezia Borgia of Botany Bay'. Found guilty of using arsenic to murder both her first and second husbands, Louisa Collins' case immediately became the cause celebre of Australia. The thought of a woman murdering her husband was bad enough, but doing it twice... Collins was brought to trial three times, only for each of the hung juries to be dismissed. Eventually she was found guilty and sentenced to death at her fourth trial in 1888, the result provoking community outrage and claims of an official vendetta. Louisa Collins was executed in 1889. This is a rich and detailed story told in the way only Carol Baxter can, bringing to life so many of the human aspects of our colonial history.
Collins, Louisa, 1848-1889.
Murders and murderers
Crime and criminals
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-358) and index.