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Sarah Dazley - Murder
1843

How was Sarah Dazley convicted?

Sarah Dazley and the development of forensic science: Task 2: How was Sarah Dazley convicted?

We are now going to look in more detail at the evidence against Sarah to answer a number of questions

  1. Was there any case without the Marsh test carried out on the remains of her husband and son?



  2. How did the authorities prove that William Dazley had been murdered?

    • Look at the extracts from the newspaper reports covering the medical evidence and add any relevant points to your table of evidence against Sarah Dazley.
    • why did the authorities go to the trouble of producing the coffin in the church?
    • What steps did they take to keep their evidence accurate?


  3. Why were the authorities able to caputre Sarah without a warrent?

    • Look at the extracts from the newspaper reports on the arrest of Sarah Dazley and add any relevant points to your table of evidence against Sarah Dazley.
    • Sarah was caught in London and sent back even though the Bedford police had not obtained a warrant for her arrest: why do you think the Lord Mayor agreed to this?
    • Do you think they would have been able to do this without the forensic evidence?


  4. How important was the Marsh Test to the verdict of the jury at the inquests?

    • Look at the extracts from the newspaper reports on the inquests on William Dazley and Simeon Mead, both with virtually the same jury. Compare the results and add any relevant points to your table of evidence against Sarah Dazley.
    • Why do you think the outcomes were so different
    • Without the 'Marsh Test' would it have been possible to prove the case?

  5. You can find out more about Arsnic poisoning and the Marsh Test here

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