Poison is a Women’s Weapon – June 2017

Our June session saw the author of “The Black Widows of Liverpool” Angela Brabin, a retired criminal lawyer, join us to talk about her book.

“The Black Widows of Liverpool” is an astonishing local book which tells the story of the murderous activities of an infamous killing syndicate operating in the heart of the Victorian city. This money-making enterprise involved a complicated ‘web’ of ordinary women from a poor area of Liverpool who conspired to insure and then poison their victims for their insurance pay out. Two sisters, Catherine Flanagan and Margaret Higgins, sat at the centre of the web, preying like Black Widow spiders on their victims, including their own …husbands. Angela Brabin has unearthed fascinating new evidence, as well as discovering more probable victims and accomplices, to produce a gripping account of crime and punishment, and a real insight into working-class life in nineteenth-century Liverpool.

Angela provided us with a great night and thank you to everyone who joined us tonight and provided lots of great ideas for events going forward. We have so much planned going forward for both members and guests and hope to see you all again soon.