Book Launch: The Secret Art of Poisoning, the True Crimes of Martha Needle
How did a serial killer from the nineteenth century almost get away with murder?
At the end of the nineteenth century, Martha Needle became known as the 'Black Widow’ after secretly poisoning her husband and children. Born in SA, her crimes were committed in Victoria. The 'Black Widow' was a media sensation, as infamous as Ned Kelly, even reported in the New York Times. Needle became obsessed with the kind-hearted son of a Danish immigrant and began picking off his brothers, one by one.
This launch includes a reading and reflections on the social and historical circumstances surrounding the crimes.
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