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Audlem WI and the Ladykillers

10th October 2008 @ 8:08am – by Audlem Webteam
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Suzanne Poole reports on Audlem WI's October meeting: "The speaker, Alan Hayhurst, had us all intrigued at the October meeting by his literal account of The Ladykillers – men who hit the headlines for the murder of their wives during the past century.

"He told us of Buck Ruxton, a doctor from Lancaster, who murdered his wife and their maidservant in 1935, dismembered their bodies and spread their parts in parcels all over the Scottish Highlands.

"He mentioned the 'Brides in the Bath' murderer, George Joseph Smith, who married young women, drowned them in their bath, and collected the insurance.

"Doctor Harvey Crippen was the one who almost got away with poisoning his wife and absconding with his secretary to America, she disguised as a young boy. The police used radiotelegraphy, which had just been invented, to wire the ship they were on and have them brought back. He was hanged in 1910 and she lived on until 1967.

"Janice Richards thanked him for his fascinating stories of how crime does not pay. Three members will attend the Marbury WI fashion show on 7th October and two members will go to the Autumn Meeting at Winsford Civic Hall to hear Steve Leonard, the celebrity vet.

"Two Christmas outings have been arranged, the first on 7th November to Walton Hall for an Edwardian Sherlock Holmes Christmas experience and the second on 11th December when we visit the Chocolate Maker in Oswestry for Christmas lunch and chocolate making demonstration and sampling.

"Pat Smith presented the birthday flowers and the next meeting will be the AGM on 6th November when visitors and new members will be welcome."

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