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'Child Murder by a Nurse Girl’ - The True Story of Agnes Norman in the Pres...

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The Canons' Gait, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DQ, UK

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On Monday the 17th of April, 1871, a court in London convened to hear an inquest to the death of 14-month-old Jessie Jane Beer while in the care of Agnes Norman, a 15-year-old servant girl. As more details were uncovered by the sensationalist press, it appeared that Agnes had a suspicious track record of being around when tragedy struck. In other families she’d worked for, three children, three dogs, one cat, a dozen exotic birds, a parrot, and a number of goldfish had died. Hardly more than a child herself, the case shocked the nation and was widely reported. But who was the real Agnes?

Join us in exploring Agnes’ alleged crimes, the way they were reported in nineteenth-century press, and the fifteen-year-old girl at the centre of it. The story is followed by a brief Q&A session, exploring the themes behind the case.

Original research by Dr Iida Saarinen
Storytelling by Linda Perttula

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