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Sarah Dazley - Murder

The development of forensic science in the 19th century

A case study for Key Stage 3, Britain 1750 - 1900 and GCSE History

This case study outlines the case of Sarah Dazley, a young widow, who at the age of 28, was tried and found guilty of the murder of her 2nd husband, William Dazley.

The case is interesting in many ways:

  • Forensic Evidence was used to make the case against Sarah - this was an early use of forensic science to determine the cause of death.
  • Heresay gossip from villagers counted against her.
  • Sarah Dazley was the last woman to be publicly hanged at Bedford Gaol.
In this section you will find background information and activites relating to the case of Sarah Dazley, the detection of crime and the treatment of those accused of murder in the 19th century.

The KS 3 & 4 activities are aimed at students but provide a wealth of additional information and insight to the life of a young woman during the 19th century.

A case study for Key Stage 3, Britain 1750 - 1900 and GCSE History. The materials can also be used for general interest.

This section has reports and documents relating to the life of Sarah Dazely that can be used for research or for completing the activities provided with this case study.