Inspiration for Belle Vue – 2: Murder at the Asylum23 Mar 2018

Intrigued by the nearby apartments that had been converted from the old Leavesden Asylum, I researched to find out about its history. What I hadn’t expected was that a murder had taken place there in 1899 and reading about it gave me an idea…

Mary Ansell was found guilty of poisoning her sister Caroline who an inmate in the asylum. She was hanged at St. Alban’s Jail (though in this case there was considerable public pressure for a reprieve as she too was believed to lack ‘mental  capacity’). But Mary had taken out an insurance policy on her sister’s life…

 

Cropped St. Albans Main-Entrance_-St    Entrance to St. Alban’s Jail

 

When I started writing Belle Vue, it was going to be a straight forward tale of murder set in two time periods. But straight forward is not the way I operate! Soon lots of twists and turns were added and then I found out about the Georgian Hellfire Club and their satanic orgies…

 

Next instalment – Inspiration for Belle Vue – Satanic Orgies…

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