Lucy Worsley investigates Victorian murderesses in a true crime podcast

Television historian Lucy Worsley will examine 10 of the most shocking violent crimes committed by women from the Victorian era in a new true crime podcast.

ady Killers with Lucy Worsley on BBC Radio 4 will be joined by a team of historians, lawyers, journalists and psychologists to examine the crimes of Victorian women from a contemporary feminist perspective. You will learn why the murderers did it and what the crimes reveal about the role of women in the 19th century.

Among the 10 stories will be two of Britain’s most notorious serial killers: Amelia Dyer, believed to have killed hundreds of babies and children entrusted to her by distressed mothers, and Mary Ann Cotton, her three husbands and numerous children murdered and stepchildren.

Worsley will also investigate the US trial of Lizzie Borden, where women filled the courtroom to watch the trial when she was acquitted of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.

She will also address the case of Hannah Mary Tabbs, an African American woman who killed her lover, and the implications of race.

In each episode, Worsley will address the crime as it was received at the time and how it compares to what’s happening today.

Worsley said: “Quite a few true crime podcasts like to tickle and condemn – what I set out to do is understand these women who killed.

“The historical record of their crimes gives us a keyhole through which to peer into some fascinating Victorian lives, none of which were easy. I also thoroughly enjoyed working with my fabulous all-female modern detective team.”

Rhian Roberts, Editor at Radio 4, said: “These dark stories are brought to life through the way Lucy and the team investigate.

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“Hearing the court statements and letters from these women sends chills down your spine and these black and white Victorian images come to life. Lucy found a new way to answer the question ‘Whodunnit?’ to deliver.”

The series is only available as a box set on BBC Sounds from April 25th and will air every Wednesday at 11:30am on BBC Radio 4 from April 27th. Lucy Worsley investigates Victorian murderesses in a true crime podcast

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