S03E04 - "The Merry Widow of Windy Nook" Mary Elizabeth Wilson


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In the fourth episode of British Murders Season 3, I tell the story of Mary Elizabeth Wilson aka The Merry Widow of Windy Nook.⁣

Between 1955 and 1957, all four of Mary’s husbands suddenly passed away not long after taking their marriage vows.⁣

Upon excavation of their respective bodies, their stomachs and intensities were found to contain elemental phosphorus.⁣

Mary was only convicted of killing two of her husbands and was sentenced to death by hanging, later commuted to life imprisonment.⁣

She died at Holloway prison on December 5, 1962.⁣
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Intro music:
David John Brady - 'Throw Down the Gauntlet'
My recording equipment:
Shure SM57 Dynamic Mic
Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface
Edited in:
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019
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EXAMINATION OF EXHUMED MEN. (1957, December 2). The Guardian, 12. Retrieved from Newspaper.com.
WIDOW CHARGED WITH MURDER. (1957, December 12). The Guardian, 4. Retrieved from Newspaper.com.
WIDOW ON CHARGE OF MURDER. (1957, December 13). The Guardian, 4. Retrieved from Newspaper.com.
Widow poisoned two husbands court told. (1958, February 10). Evening Standard, 1–9. Retrieved from Newspaper.com.
Widow of 66 on poisoning charges. (1958, February 11). The Guardian, 8. Retrieved from Newspaper.com.
WIDOW COMMITTED FOR TRIAL ON MURDER CHARGES. (1958, February 12). The Guardian, 10. Retrieved from Newspaper.com.
THE WIDOW OF WINDY NOOK HEARS QC SAY - “Wicked woman poisoned husbands.” (1958, March 24). Evening Standard, 1–10. Retrieved from Newspaper.com.
WIDOW GUILTY Sentenced to death. (1958, March 29). Evening Standard, 1. Retrieved from Newspaper.com.
EXECUTION DATE. (1958, May 21). The Guardian, 14. Retrieved from Newspaper.com.
“WIDOW OF WINDY NOOK IS DEAD.” (1963, January 10). The Guardian, 16. Retrieved from Newspaper.com.
Windy Nook & Whitehills Ward Factsheet. (2011). Census 2011. https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/media/2668/Windy-Nook-and-Whitehills-Census-2011-Ward-Factsheet/pdf/Windy_Nook___Whitehills.pdf?m=636566445112170000
Southwick, M. (2013, October 1). The Merry Widow of Windy Nook (NZ272610). North-East History Tour. https://northeasthistorytour.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-merry-widow-of-windy-nook-nz272610.html
Robson, I. (2016, October 31). Dark Angel: We look at another North East woman serial killer - The Merry Widow of Windy Nook. Chronicle Live. https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/dark-angel-look-another-north-12103801
Morton, D. (2016, November 14). Step back in time at Heworth, Felling and Windy Nook in eastern Gateshead. Chronicle Live. https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/step-back-time-heworth-felling-12171316
Visser, C. (2017, November 8). Mary Elizabeth Wilson the Merry Widow of Windy Hook. Crimes Lab. http://crimeslab.com/mary-elizabeth-wilson-the-merry-widow-of-windy-hook/
Bletchly, R. (2018, March 3). Last Brit sentenced to hang: The gran who murdered three husbands and a lover in two-year killing spree. Mirror. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/last-brit-hanged-gran-who-12119641
Estephe, S. (2021, January 10). Mary Elizabeth Wilson Murdered 3 Husbands & a Male Lodger, England – 1958. Unknown Misandry. https://unknownmisandry.blogspot.com/2011/11/mary-elizabeth-wilson-murdered-2.html
Windy Nook Nature Park. (n.d.). Gateshead Council. Retrieved June 15, 2021, from https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/4419/Windy-Nook-Nature-Park-
Windy Nook. (n.d.). Gateshead Council. Retrieved June 15, 2021, from https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/4731/Windy-Nook
Female Killer Mary Wilson. (n.d.). Murder UK. Retrieved June 17, 2021, from http://www.murderuk.com/mary-wilson.html
Serial killer Mary Elizabeth WILSON - The Merry Widow of Windy Nook. (n.d.). Serial Killer Calendar. Retrieved June 17, 2021, from https://www.serialkillercalendar.com/Mary%20Elizabeth%20WILSON.php

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