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Mary Ann Cotton

Not many people have heard of Mary Ann Cotton, but when she was hung in 1873 she had gained infamy as Britain’s first recognised serial killer having murdered as many as 21 people.

She was born in County Durham in 1832, the daughter of a miner who was ardently religious and a fierce disciplinarian. He died in a mining accident and her mother married again, but her daughter did not get on with her step-father… Read more ›››