Illustrated and Unabridged Edition of the Times Report of the Trial of William Palmer: For Poisoning John Parsons Cook, at Rugeley

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Ward Lock, 1856 - Trials (Murder) - 184 pages
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Page 10 - I wish this wns the only transaction in which Mr. Cook had been mixed up with the prisoner Palmer ; but there is another to which it is necessary to refer. In the September of 1855, Palmer's brother having died, but the profits of the insurance not having been realized, he induced a person of the name of Bates to propose his life to he insured, or rather, he induced Bates to do this.
Page 60 - I believe, invariably the symptom first complained of; at least, so it has been in my experience ; then the contraction of the muscles of the back is always a later symptom, generally much later ; the muscles of the extremities are affected in a much less degree than those of the neck and trunk, except in some cases where the injury has been in a limb, and an early symptom has been a...
Page 90 - Pratt still declining to advance the money" — that is, the 1000J. which Palmer wanted him to advance — " Pratt proposed an assignment by Cook of two race-horses, one called Polestar, which won the Shrewsbury races, and another called Sirius. That assignment was afterwards executed by Mr. Cook in favour of Pratt, and Cook was entitled to the money raised on that security, which realised 375J. in cash and a wine warrant.
Page 179 - ... there were also gentlemen whose object was to procure an acquittal of the prisoner. It is, in my opinion, indispensable to the administration of justice that a witness should not be turned into an advocate, nor an advocate into a witness.
Page 42 - Stephens went to Lutterworth, found a will by which Cook appointed him his executor, and then went on to Rugeley, where he arrived about the middle of the day on Thursday. He asked Palmer for information about Cook's affairs, and he replied, " There are 4,000 worth of bills out of his, and I am sorry to say my name is to them ; but I have got a paper drawn up by a lawyer and signed by Mr. Cook to show that I never had any benefit from them.
Page 58 - Acute cases will terminate in three or four days, chronic cases will go on ts long as from 19 to 22 or 23 days, and perhaps longer. I do not think that I have known a case in which death occurred within four days. Cases are reported in which it occurred in a shorter period. In tetanus the extremities are affected, but not so much as the trunk. Their affection is a late symptom. The locking of the jaw is an early one. Sometimes the convulsions of epilepsy assume somewhat of a tetanic character, but...
Page 137 - Races ; we slept iu adjoining rooms, and in the morning he called my attention to the state of his throat. I looked at it, and saw that it was full of ulcers and very much inflamed. His tongue was swollen. I told him I was surprised that he could eat and drink with his mouth and throat in such a state. He said it had been in that state for weeks and months, and now he did not take notice of it.
Page 184 - Parliament under which you have been tried, and under which you have been brought to the bar of this Court at your own request, gives leave to the Court to direct that the sentence under such circumstances shall be executed either within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court or in the county where the offence was committed. We think that, for the sake of example, the sentence ought to be executed in the county of Stafford.
Page 95 - ... extent as I will satisfy you by men competent to inform you would, if his body had been opened in the deadhouse of any hospital in this metropolis, have been said and determined to be the cause of his death. Such was the condition of Cook, only partially discovered on the post-mortem examination which took place at the desire of the executor, Mr.
Page 148 - ... he did not describe them in language. He is lying in bed — he suddenly starts up in an agony of alarm. What made him do that? Was there nothing premonitory, nothing that warned him that the paroxysm was coming? It is clear there must have been. He jumps up in his bed and says, " Fetch me Palmer, I am going to be ill, as I was last night.

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