Poena cullei was a type of death penalty imposed on Roman subjects who had been found guilty of parricide (murder of relatives, in particular, the murder of one’s own parents). 33 more words
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Summary:A descriptive first-hand account of the famed murder trial of Mary Blandy, who in 1752 stood accused of poisoning her invalid father with white arsenic in his food, on the instructions of her aspiring lover, William Henry Cranstoun, who was, unbeknownst to her, already in possession of a wife, but was hungry for the £10,000 Miss Blandy was due to inherit.