Staffordshire Centre

The Rugeley Poisoner - 9th July

A Talk by Dave Lewis

ave Lewis, author of ‘The Rugeley Poisoner’, explores the life of Dr. William Palmer whose effigy stood in Madame Tussaud’s Chamber of Horrors, London, for 127 years. In 1855 Palmer, a country doctor and owner of 17 race horses, at the age of just 31, was hanged in front of Stafford Prison before a crowd of over 30,000 people. He had been found guilty of murdering friend and racegoer John Parsons Cook. The press, however, labelled him as a serial killer. Explore most of the suspicious deaths, ‘The Rugeley Tragedies’. Not so much a ‘who dun it’ but a ‘did he do it?’