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From: "John Newport" <>
Subject: Re: arsenic Sally
Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2002 23:20:17 +0100
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I would be interested in any information on the farmer Thomas Newport, if
anybody has any.



----- Original Message -----
From: "jacqueline.cooper" <>
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Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2002 10:54 PM
Subject: Re: arsenic Sally

> I live in Clavering and feel quite haunted by all these murders that
> happened here in the 19th century - everyone seemed to be potty - too much
> inbreeding? The nickname 'Arsenic Sally' seems to trivialise the terrible
> things this madwoman did. am researching her dreadful deeds for my new
> on Clavering but have only found reports of two of these three trials -
> would be useful to have reference to the earlier one, and some explanation
> of why the farmer Thomas Newport was also arrested at one stage - was he
> father of one or more of the children? And the story that she hid the
> arsenic in the yew tree which is still there today - is this just local
> legend, or is there documentary reference to it? And was her body really
> stolen from the graveyard? I seem to have only bits of evidence and need
> fill in the gaps.
> And would also like to be accurate. I noticed in a book a few years ago
> about Essex crime, the author (who labelled Clavering 'the murder capital
> Victorian Essex'!) identified Sarah Chesham as living on Hill Green - but
> believe this was a different Sarah Chesham. What do you think, Fred?
> Jacky Cooper

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