A nervous young woman stood in the dock at the Bedfordshire Assizes. She was clearly affected by the ordeal. A number of villagers looked intently at her. They had much interest in the case, for it had been their gossip that had led to Sarah Dazley standing trial for murder. George Waldock, for one, could clearly remember the conversation he had in his village about the woman who, at that time, was about to become his wife.