The Most Extraordinary Trial of William Palmer


Read by Lynne T

(4.2 stars; 18 reviews)

John Parsons Cook was a 28 year old bachelor, from a good family but not in robust health. He studied to become a lawyer, but instead of following that career, turned to raising race horses. In November 1855, during a visit to the Shrewsbury races, he was taken violently ill. He was attended by the 80 year old local doctor Dr. Bamford, and Cook's friend and sometimes partner, Dr. Palmer.
William Palmer was a physician and surgeon, a widower and father. His appearance instilled confidence and invited trust. But were appearances deceptive? Was he, in fact, a cool, calculating and vicious serial murderer, who used his knowledge and skill for evil ends, to escape the effects of an addiction that was destroying his life? There are numerous references to this case in fiction, by Dickens, Sayers, Hitchcock and others; and the familiar salutation "What's your poison?" is believed to date from the events of this case. This is true courtroom drama, more gripping than fiction and it will have you guessing until the end.( Lynne Thompson) (15 hr 13 min)

Chapters

Introduction 7:14 Read by Lynne T
Central Criminal Court, May, 14, 1856 Part 1 45:44 Read by Lynne T
Central Criminal Court, May, 14, 1856 Part 2 38:26 Read by Lynne T
Central Criminal Court, May, 14, 1856 Part 3 33:30 Read by Lynne T
Second Day, May 15 58:11 Read by Lynne T
Third Day, May 16 34:41 Read by Lynne T
Third Day, May 16 Part 2 30:19 Read by Lynne T
Fourth Day, May 17 40:25 Read by Lynne T
Fourth Day, May 17 Part 2 31:04 Read by Lynne T
Fifth Day, May 19 52:02 Read by Lynne T
Fifth Day, May 19 Part 2 11:03 Read by Lynne T
Sixth Day, May 20 42:12 Read by Lynne T
Seventh Day, May 21 7:12 Read by Lynne T
The Defence (Seventh Day Continued) 1:00:12 Read by Lynne T
The Defence (Seventh Day Continued) Part 2 59:07 Read by Lynne T
The Defence (Seventh Day Continued) Part 3 45:29 Read by Lynne T
Eighth Day, May 22 49:02 Read by Lynne T
Eighth Day, May 22 Part 2 17:26 Read by Lynne T
Ninth Day, May 23 55:19 Read by Lynne T
Tenth Day, May 24 44:09 Read by Lynne T
Tenth Day, May 24 Part 2 43:02 Read by Lynne T
Tenth Day, May 24th Part 3 32:02 Read by Lynne T
Eleventh Day, May 26 56:44 Read by Lynne T
Twelfth Day, May 27 18:56 Read by Lynne T

Reviews

Interesting experience: murder mystery as transcript

(4 stars)

This must be an actual transcript for a murder trial. Imagine...this is exactly how the mystery unfolded for the jurors- complete with swaths of boredom here and there, interspersed with shocking revelations. Listening to this, I got to weigh the evidence, evaluate the witnesses, and decide which side made the stronger case. And learn more than I ever wanted to know about tetanus.

historical courtroom drama

(5 stars)

most interesting. feels like you are there in the court. well read. I agree with the proceeding review; this strikes me as actual trial minutes reading very informative on the subject of tetanus. fascinating to realize how far our current medical knowledge has advanced.