Oct 31/12 – “The Drowning Girls”: a real-life Edwardian version of CSI – part 2

And here’s part 2 – scroll down for the part 1 reblog. With thanks to Alumnae Theatre blogger Tina McCulloch for this piece.

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Continuing the background research on the real-life case behind The Drowning Girls(written by Canadians Beth Graham, Daniela Vlaskalic and CharlieTomlinson), as presented by director Taryn Jorgenson to members of Alumnae Theatre Company on Oct 29.  To recap: English conman George Joseph Smith had seven bigamous marriages between 1908 – 1914.  He murdered three of those brides in bathtubs, and their stories are told in the play The Drowning Girls.

Smith was nabbed through sheer chance: the father of Alice Burnham (victim #2) just happened to see a newspaper story about Margaret Lofty (victim #3), and the suspicious similarities between their deaths prompted him to have Scotland Yard investigate.   Within a month, the detectives uncovered the death of Bessie Mundy (victim #1) a few years earlier under identical circumstances.

As the investigation continued, a series of women came forward to say that they too been…

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