Christiana Edmunds ( 1829-1907)
The most celebrated Victorian patient at Broadmoor is remembered, as most high profile patients are, for the cause of her admission rather than her treatment and progression under medical supervision. Satisfying the voyeuristic needs of Victorian society, she was christened Christiana ‘the Chocolate Cream Poisoner’ by the tabloids.
‘She was a scheming, image-obsessed, murdering minx who in her younger days laced sweets with strychnine to see off the wife of the married man she desired’.
Mad, bad and dangerous to know, she was one of the most notorious inmates of Broadmoor in Victorian times, her name a byword for something that hidebound era found impossible to comprehend or forgive — a woman’s unbridled lust. ‘Sex pest, stalker, compulsive liar, manipulator, trouble-maker, murderess — there is something uncannily modern about her case, though the crimes for which she was locked up were committed almost a century and a half ago’
Sidney Albert Baker
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