By Quentin Falk
On October eight, 1920 the physique of a tender lady named Kate Lilian Bailey, elderly 22, was once came upon. It transpired that her husband, George Arthur Bailey, had poisoned his seven-months pregnant spouse with prussic acid, and with a whiff of a similar chloroform he used to ease her ultimate ache, sedated his three-year-old daughter whom he positioned in mattress subsequent to the corpse. Fourteen hours later, he fled the cottage, taking his baby to kin in Swindon sooner than being arrested 3 days after the homicide, at interpreting Station with 4 sorts of poison in his wallet. Police additionally came across a be aware suggesting that Bailey had meant to kill his little woman in addition to himself and his spouse. So was once this easily the botched suicide pact of a loyal couple that had long gone tragically uncontrolled? All will be printed at a sensational 1921 trial at Aylesbury Assizes; a shabby checklist of forgery, fraud, robbery, fake info and military desertion. Bailey – additionally identified to the police as George Cox...
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It also observed that Bailey’s mother was present in Court, cutting ‘a pathetic figure, her face buried in her hands’. The matter of the accused’s music came into much sharper focus with the evidence of Marlow-based musicologist Dr Samuel Bath; not in a good way, though. He said he had examined examples of the notation as shown by two of Bailey’s ‘students’, Miss Marks and Miss Field, and found them to be ‘grossly grotesque’. To much laughter from the Court, he likened one of them to ‘a crude drawing of a trail of tadpoles seeking an incubator’.
I have ever been a source of worry and trouble. It has been harder to fight than I can resist and I have tried. But I know and knew that it must all end in some such way. I should like our three bodies laid together. That is why I came back to take one last look. Give one last kiss to my beloved. I gave her stramonia first, then hydrocyanic. No blame attaches to the chemist. I always could bluff to attain my ends. Goodbye poor dear mother and my own dear sister Nellie and brother-in-law Jim. Wayward when young but easily to be corrected, if they had only known.
The numbers are all lost or misplaced so it would be hard to locate but it is in the oldest part facing the chapel door. ’ In November, she wrote to the Editor of the News of the World, Cyril Lear, asking if he had any back copies of the paper for 1920, the year of the murder. Her approach to the paper specifically may have been to do with the possibility that the anonymous tip-off about her parentage had originated from that now defunct Sunday newspaper. He politely replied that he couldn’t help but suggested instead that she contact the Newspaper Library at Colindale, which continues to store a remarkable collection of national and regional newspapers.