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Palmer, William [called the Rugeley Poisoner]locked

  • Richard Davenport-Hines


Palmer, William [called the Rugeley Poisoner] (1824–1856), poisoner and physician, was born in August or September 1824, at The Yard, Rugeley, Staffordshire, the fourth of five sons and two daughters of Joseph Palmer (1777–1836), a rich timber merchant, and his wife, Sarah Bentley (1793–1861)...

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