YORKSHIRE WITCH: The Life and Trial of Mary Bateman

YORKSHIRE WITCH: The Life and Trial of Mary Bateman

SUMMER STREVENS    Book Number: 86722    Product format: Paperback

On the morning of 20th March 1809, 'The Yorkshire Witch' was hanged upon York's 'New Drop' gallows in front of a crowd of an estimated 20,000 people. Some had travelled all the way from Leeds, many on foot, doubtless the victims of Mary's hoaxes and extortions, to see her die. A consummate con-artist, Mary was extremely adept at identifying the psychological weaknesses of the desperate and poor who populated the growing industrial metropolis of Leeds at the turn of the 19th century. Exploiting their fears and terror of witchcraft, Mary Bateman was well placed to rob them of their worldly goods. Yet she did much more than cause misery and penury - though tried and convicted on a single murder charge - the contemporary branding of Bateman as a serial killer is doubtless accurate. This shocking retelling of her life and death is the first publication to chronicle her criminal career since 1811, two years after her execution. The new book focusses on the details of her crimes and the consequences to her victims and examines the macabre legacy of her mortal remains with the continuous public display of her skeleton until its recent removal. 146pp in illustrated large softback.
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ISBN 9781473863873
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