“If Innocents Should Suffer”

Donna T. Andrew and Randall McGowen

in The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220621
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923706 | DOI:
“If Innocents Should Suffer”

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This chapter discusses Mrs. Rudd's acquittal and the papers interpreted it as the product of a technicality, the result of confusion on the part of the jurors. It notes that the world remained convinced that she was “mistress of the art of deceit to an inconceivable degree”. It opines that while her trial had not resulted in her conviction, everything during it substantiated the charge that she had deceived the brothers. It observes that ironically, Mrs. Rudd's acquittal served to increase the feeling that she had gotten away with the crime and it appeared that her sinister triumph would be crowned when the brothers perished at Tyburn.

Keywords: Mrs. Rudd's acquittal; jurors; conviction; crime; Tyburn

Chapter.  11615 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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