It seemed impossible that quiet, respectable Lizzie could have hacked her parents to death with an axe. But in 1893, she stood trial in perhaps the most famous murder case in American legal history.
Two true-crime trials: both Mrs Maybrick and Mrs Merryfield were accused of committing murder by means of poison.
Two true-crime trials involving Norman Birkett: in 1934, he summed up a case for the defence with matchless eloquence; in 1931, he brilliantly prosecuted an accused murderer.
Here it is: the original Bible-versus-evolution trial. In 1925, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, two of the greatest lawyers ever, joined battle in the case of a young schoolmaster charged with teaching the theory of evolution. An historic and very entertaining trial resulted.
"An Entertaining Summary"
Edgar Allen Poe had a dark and morbid imagination. His capacity for suspense and shock has never been rivaled. He had a unique art of creating nameless fear, fear that makes the reader ache for, and yet shrink from explanation. Fear that alternately torments and numbs the mind, the fear that comes from the dark of nowhere, the fear that will never go away.
Two true-crime trials: Marshall Hall's defence of a "hopeless" case in 1915 and the remarkable events following an 1877 murder verdict.
This 1926 case involved a married clergyman who had a secret affair with a singer in his church choir. They were both found shot, and the clergyman's wife and her brothers stood trial.
Take a lovely chorine, a young heir to millions, and a middle-aged libertine who was, in 1907, the foremost architect of his generation. Mix well. No fictional trial has ever surpassed the thrills and sensations of the resulting drama.
Two true-crime cases: the Newcastle train murder of 1910 led to a verdict based on identification; in 1924, Patrick Mahon admitted to dismembering a body but denied committing the murder.